A friend of mine brought some garden fresh grapes to a school meeting the other day. I hadn’t had vine fresh grapes since I was a kid and they grew along our neighbors fence. They tasted amazing. As I ate them I knew that I wanted to do something special with them. In the back of my mind, I was also thinking about a bag of coconut flour that needed to be used. I have done very little baking in this summer heat. The only thing that needs baking is the tart crust, and it goes very fast… not only the baking, but the prep as well. It couldn’t be easier. I was pleased by the simple prep for the custard as well. Even though I am certainly not dairy free (I just can’t be… I love milk waaayyy too much), I decided to make it dairy free just to see how it would turn out. It was absolutely fabulous! No one would never know that there was coconut milk in place of dairy. When you make this, any fresh fruit would top it beautifully. Leave a comment and tell me how you made yours! Don’t be intimidated by all the prep pictures, this is very simple and goes together pretty fast…
Combine coconut flour, oil, eggs, sugar and salt.↓
Remove milk from heat, and very, very slowly, pour the milk into egg mixture, while whisking constantly. Pour this mixture back into saucepan and bring to a boil, whisking constantly to prevent scorching, until it thickens a bit, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla.↓
- 2 Tbsp. oil (canola, olive or coconut)
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 + 1 Tbsp. coconut flour
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp. rice flour (or wheat flour)
- 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 1 cup milk (I used coconut)
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- approx. 2 cups sliced fresh fruit of choice, such as: berries, grapes, figs, etc.
- powdered sugar, for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a medium bowl, combine all crust ingredients, and stir with a fork until well mixed.
- Using fingers, press the dough mixture into a tart or pie pan that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until crust just begins to turn a very light brown. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
- In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar until slightly thickened. Beat in flour and cornstarch.
- In a saucepan, bring milk just to a boil, whisking constantly.
- *Very, very slowly, add heated milk to egg mixture, whisking constantly.
- Return mixture to saucepan. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly to prevent scorching, until mixture is thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla.
- Pour mixture into a bowl, and cover custard surface directly with saran wrap, to prevent a film from forming on top. Cool to room temperature (place in refrigerator to speed it up a bit).
- Once crust and custard are cooled, carefully remove crust from pan and set on a serving plate. Spread custard into tart crust. Top custard with any sliced fresh fruit of choice. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.
- *Adding hot liquids to raw eggs is called tempering. If you add hot liquids too quickly, or in large amounts, you will scramble the eggs. It is very important to add the hot liquid very slowly, (a very slow stream) and also mix constantly while combining. It is helpful to have a second person available to slowly pour the liquid... or if you're even slightly ambidextrous, each hand can perform it's task.