As I mentioned last week we spent a night out at a retreat. Yes it was lovely, yes, it was amazing... It was actually the Amazing Wollumbin retreat! and while we were there we did a walk of the property and found a beautiful orchard that was full of fruit. We picked and ate our breakfast as we walked. There were oranges, grapefruit and mandarins of every variety you could think of as well as a huge avocado tree that unfortunately we couldn't reach the fruit. They were way too high. The reachable parts of the tree had been picked bare! The block is beautiful and lush, with hills, creeks, palms, ferns, a large pond all with perfect views of Mt Warning. Our bed looked straight out at the mountain. It was perfect. I will add some photos at the bottom of this post like I promised last week.
We bought some of the mandarins home. Don't ask my why we didn't grab a bag full of oranges as well cos they were super sweet and juicy. I was about to add this mandarin to a mixed fruit smoothie this morning but the smell was amazing. It yelled at me that it needed something special done with it. So I quickly made up these tarts that I must say taste Amazing.. Yep a pretty amazing experience all round!
Amazing mandarin tarts
Make: 2 x 8cm tarts
½ cup walnuts
½ cup sultanas (raisins)
3 tsp dried coconut
1 tsp hemp seeds
1/3 tsp vanilla powder
¾ of a nice sweet mandarin, peel and seeded (keep the rest to garnish)
1 cup cashews – soaked 1 hr, rinsed then drained
2 tbs light agave or honey
1/3 tsp vanilla powder
1 tsp coconut oil
Blend all ingredients in a personal blender until fine and sticky then press into two tart molds then place into the freezer for them to firm up. This is a very soft base as the oil really releases from the walnuts and helps to make it smooth.
Add all ingredients to a personal blender with the flat blade and blend until super smooth and creamy. You will need a good blender to get it really smooth and for this I recommend the Tribest personal blender. Once you have it super smooth and creamy pour or spoon into the tarts shells then decorate with the remaining mandarin, a sprinkle of coconut and vanilla powder. If you like it soft and gooey then just leave it in the fridge to cool but if you want it firm it will need to be frozen. Enjoy!
Here are some pictures from our stay..
Lounge, dining and kitchen, it's a Hobbit home.
Found the orchard then lost focus... no more photo's after this one as I was too busy eating!
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