Coconut Tart with Fresh Figs
I finally finished the 5th existing book of Game of Thrones. Only I thought that would be the last book and the closer I got to finishing it the more I realized that there was no way this was the last book. I have read like 5000 pages only to be hanging by my fingernails with no answers at all!! And I think I have to wait, like YEARS to read the next book. I am very edgy as a result. Anyone else read all these books?
The good news is, I am finally mentally free of my mid-evil soap opera haze so I actually got some other stuff done. Which was probably helpful to my family…
I spent Sunday in the yard taming my garden and refereeing my children’s never ending squabbling. (By the way, anyone have brilliant tips for cowing the fighting of a 3 and 5 year old? It is BRUTAL lately. ) We also wrestled the last of the ripe figs from the starling birds, and now we will have to wait until September for the second wave of figs to ripen. But I still have about 20 pounds here to enjoy this week.
Like how we enjoyed them in this gorgeous incredibly delicious tart. Buttery, flakey coconut pastry is filled with a thin layer of white chocolate ganache and then the rest of the tart is full of a this luxurious slightly sweet coconut cream. The glory of the tart is a crown of quartered fresh figs. They are so beautiful, but you could also do any kind of fresh berries and it would be equally wonderful!
This turned out so beautiful and so delicious that I am planning to make it for a charity dinner this weekend. It is a simple way to create a spectacular dessert!
To make this Coconut Tart with Fresh Figs, this is what you do:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, salt and coconut. Pulse until well combined. Add the cold butter and the Crisco and pulse until you have a dough that will hold together. Transfer to a sheet of wax paper and form into a disc.
Spray a 10 inch round tart shell with baking spray and then press the dough into the tart shell. Prick the bottom of the tart with a fork in several places.
Bake the tart at 400 degrees for 18 minutes, the tart shell will be lightly golden brown.
While the tart shell is cooling, make the white chocolate ganache.
Heat the 1/3 cup of whipping cream to a simmer in a small pot. Remove the pot from the heat and add the 1 cup of white chocolate chips. Whisk the cream and white chocolate until you have a smooth ganache. Pour the ganache into the bottom of the tart shell.
Make sure the ganache is spread evenly around the bottom of the tart shell and then let it set up and cool completely, about 30 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine the coconut cream, the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar.
Using an electric mixer, whip everything until you have a thick whipped coconut cream that holds a stiff peak.
Empty the cream into the coconut tart shell and spread it evenly.
Slice the fresh figs into quarters.
Arrange them in a concentric circle. Keep refrigerated until you slice and serve.
Recipe: Coconut Tart with Fresh Figs
- 2 ¼ cups AP flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup cold butter cut into pieces
- ½ cup shortening
- White Chocolate Ganache
- 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- Coconut Cream Filling
- 1 cup coconut Cream
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 12-15 fresh figs
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, salt and coconut. Pulse until well combined. Add the cold butter and the Crisco and pulse until you have a dough that will hold together. Transfer to a sheet of wax paper and form into a disc.
- Spray a 10 inch round tart shell with baking spray and then press the dough into the tart shell. Prick the bottom of the tart with a fork in several places.
- Bake the tart at 400 degrees for 18 minutes, the tart shell will be lightly golden brown.
- While the tart shell is cooling, make the white chocolate ganache.
- Heat the 1/3 cup of whipping cream to a simmer in a small pot. Remove the pot from the heat and add the 1 cup of white chocolate chips. Whisk the cream and white chocolate until you have a smooth ganache.
- Pour the ganache into the bottom of the tart shell.
- Make sure the ganache is spread evenly around the bottom of the tart shell and then let it set up and cool completely, about 30 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine the coconut cream, the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar. Using an electric mixer, whip everything until you have a thick whipped coconut cream that holds a stiff peak.
- Empty the cream into the coconut tart shell and spread it evenly.
- Slice the fresh figs into quarters and arrange them in a concentric circle. Keep refrigerated until you slice and serve.
Preparation time: 20 minute(s)
Cooking time: 20 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 12
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So gorgeous! And coconut cream filling is the best! I just did a dessert, no two desserts using coconut cream filling. So darn good. I am addicted to it! This tart looks heavenly!
Another gorgeous dessert! I am actually reading the first book in the Game of Thrones series. Maybe by the time I finish the 5th the 6th will be out?! One can only hope! I do like reading the books as well as watching the show because I feel like it’s giving me more of a understanding of the characters. For instance, I thought I hated Joffrey before….
OMG Des. I’m sorry to tell you, you will be done with all 5000 pages in probably about a month. No matter what you think, those books will grow more and more addictive. The tipping point is book #3- you will freak out!! Thank you about the tart 🙂
You make the most stunning food! This is absolutely gorgeous, and sounds so delicious!
Oh thank you Marie!! Summer makes it easy to make pretty food because all of the produce is so fantastic!
Heather, this is amazing!! Not only does this tart sounds delicious, but it is so pretty to look at too! Beautiful!! 🙂
Love the “spiky” look to this tart! Gorgeous!
This is beautiful; like a work of art that must be eaten to really appreciate!
By the way, was fun to be reading an article about corn in our local Denver paper and have them mention you and your tip on using a kitchen towel to corral errant corn when cleaning it from the cob. I definitely had an ‘Hey, I know her moment!’
HA! I didn’t know that- so funny! It was probably talking about the fresh corn salad from my book. Thanks for letting me know Barbara!
Oh Heather! This has my mouth watering.
Sounds perfect! It’s a really stunner, Heather.
Such a stunner of a tart! I just bought a Desert King fig tree yesterday and I’m giddy about it! Does your fig tree have little fruits that over winter? So much to know, I think I need a book on how to grow figs!
Maria- my tree goes totally bare in the winter, but come spring it puts out tons of fresh shoots every year. We have to constantly trim it! And Seattle is not even hot. I am sure in a warmer climate that they are even more successful. The hotter our summer the better and more plentiful the fruit!
Maria, most figs (provided they are growing in the right conditions) will have 2 crops….the first 1 is called the Breba crop and ripens on last year”s wood….I think this is what you have described as the little fruits that grew in winter…they were there from last fall.
These will be larger than the crop that will ripen later in the summer…hope that helps
Thank you Tina- you are very knowledgeable about figs! Thanks for your help!
This is so stinkin gorgeous its not even funny. I heard Game of Thrones was good so I thought I would check out the show… have you seen the show? Do they do justice to the book? (Does ANY show do justice to the book???) 🙂
Such a gorgeous tart!
The kids I nanny are 3 and 5 and OMG, they’re nuts with fighting lately too! Must be an age thing haha. On to this tart!!! It’s so pretty and now has me in search of some fresh figs.
ahh everyone is so into game of thrones!! one of my friend’s sisters name their son Renly after GOT!! this tart looks way too pretty to eat..but of course, i’ll still eat it 😉 haha
do I need to start watching game of thrones? I feel like I’m the last person in the world to get obsessed!!
This looks spectacular! My son and daughter were twenty-two months apart and couldn’t have been different in temperament. I read every book I could get my hands on and the best was Siblings Without Rivalry.
Such a pretty tart! Loving those figs again!
Beautiful! I adore your recipes, Heather! So much talent and flavor!
that is so nice of you Lauren. THank you so much!
Simply stunning in every way.
Just wanted to let you know I love seeing all your recipes. Travis and I watched you on Cutthroat Kitchen – nice work!! Hope your family is well.
Thank you so much Megan!!