Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Raw Chocolate Hazelnut tarts - with a special ingredient!


Thank goodness for the rain!! Far out it was getting dry around here. Our garden was in need a of a little water, especially as we have decided to convert out whole backyard to a veggie garden!! We had a whole stack of timber boards in the back corner of our yard that Mr C has already made up into 6 raised garden beds. Our yard is very steep, we have stairs to get to it!! So our gardens will be no dig!! Everything that goes into it has to be carried from the front, down our side boardwalk and down the stairs!! Nothing is simple. Once we have all the hard work done it will be easy to maintain. I'll keep you posted on its progress, photos are at the bottom of where we are at this week.


Chocolate.... Hazelnuts..... A food marriage made in heaven! I've done recipes before with this combination and it always works. These have a special ingredient that takes them to the next level of gastronomical indulgence.... Raw cacao paste!! Pure raw, unsweetened chocolate paste! I have had to make 3 batches of these in the last week!!

These little tarts have a nice chewy crust with firm, soft and gooey center. The crushed hazelnuts on the top give it a nice crunch.. Flavour, texture, chocolate.. Perfect! :-)

Chocolate Hazelnut Tarts   

Makes: Approx 10-12 x 6cm tarts or 1 large

Equipment: 

Food processor
High speed blender
6 x 6cm loose bottom tart pans
Piping bag and nozzle

Ingredients:

Base:
150ml hazelnuts
150 ml dates
100ml sultanas
100ml sunflower seeds
100ml  dried coconut
4 tbs grated raw cacao paste
1 tsp coconut oil
1/3 tsp ground cinnamon

Filling:
150ml raw cashews
100ml hazelnuts
200ml dates
4tbs grated raw cacao paste
1/3 tsp ground cinnamon
3 tsp coconut oil
1 med avocado
50ml water
Extra hazelnuts to garnish

Preparation:

Filling preparation: - do this before you start!

Place the cashews and hazelnuts into a small bowl and cover with warm pure water. In something that has measurements on the side like a measuring cup or jub add the dates to 150ml then pour water over them till it reaches 100ml. Push the dates down into the water so that they are fully submerged to soak.

Base:

Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until fine and sticky then press into 12 small tart pans (6cm) and place in the fridge to set while you prepare the filling.

Filling:

Rinse and drain the nuts then add them to the blender with the soaked dates and date water. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until super smooth. Test with thumb and forefinger to make sure it is grain free. You want to get it as smooth as cream. It will take a while and you will need a plunger to help it move around. Once it is done spoon the mix into a piping bag and pipe into the bases. You may have to let it cool for a while. Just place the piping bag sitting in a cup into the fridge. Make sure you don’t leave it too long as it will get too firm and you could split the bag. Decorate with chopped hazelnuts.




NOTES:

  1. If you don't have the small tart shells you can make one large cake or a 4-6 smaller tarts in the 8cm shells. If you don't have either then line a dish with cling and press the base into it. The cling will help you to remove it from the dish.
  2. The raw cacao paste, vanilla powder and raw cacao powder are all available online if you can't get them locally.

 Here are some photo's of our backyard. As you can see the frames are done. We are going to organise getting the mulch in today.


 Stairs are at the right.. It's a little back yard but I'm sure we can produce a lot of food! It already gives us Papaya, oranges, blueberries, bananas, greens (lettuce, chard, kale etc) herbs (chives, sage, parsley, oregano, rosemary)
Our bananas are at the top of the stairs and just outside my kitchen upstairs!! 

Have a great week everyone. Does anyone else have a backyard veggie garden using the no dig raised beds. I'd love to hear how it's going if you do. Any hints would also be welcome.. :-) Have fun.. cheers.. K :-) 

This recipe has also been posted to
Weekend Wellness
Raw Pleasure

4 comments:

  1. What a beautiful garden to be! You must post your progress! And I love this tart recipe. Chocolate and hazelnuts are so amazing together. I need to order some hazelnuts to make this soon. And I'm excited to learn about cacao paste too!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Heather you will love the cacao paste. It's a wonderful ingredient to work with and it's raw and pure.. :-)
      Yes I definitely will keep you all up to date with our garden. We are virtually converting out whole backyard, we will also try to keep it looking nice.. It will be a productive masterpiece.. haha

      Delete
  2. can i use solid 100% cacao bar instead of paste and vanilla extract instead of vanilla powder?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, Veronica in this recipe you could substitute both of those ingredients. :-)

      Delete

Disclaimer:

I am not a doctor, registered dietitian or fitness expert. The purpose of my blog is to share my experiences with food, fitness and life and hopefully to inspire you. All content provided on my blog is for informational purposes only. I make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. Karen

Karenluvslife

Labels

baking (70) bread (13) breakfast (72) Dairy free (211) dessert (90) Dinner (51) dips and sauces; sauces (43) extra's (17) Fitness (6) gluten free (231) Grain free (169) low calorie (51) lunch (85) Paleo (201) raw food (122) salad (21) smoothie (8) snacks (194) vegan (162) vegetarian (45)