Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hooray for Donna Hay.

I am usually blogging about recipe's from Smitten Kitchen, or my home girl, The Barefoot Contessa. I also have a mad love affair with Donna Hay's recipes. Her cook books are gorgeous, and her recipes are always outstanding. She's been dubbed the Australian Martha Stewart, minus the jail time of course.

We had friends over for dinner last night. One of our guests is vegetarian and gluten free. My mom is gluten free, so I'm used to that kind of cooking, however my mom doesn't like sweets, so I wasn't too savvy on gluten free desserts.

Enter Donna Hay's chocolate coconut tarts. The bomb. I flipping loved these. Out of control. Super easy-5 ingredients. The original recipe calls for dessicated coconut, which I used, but the link I provided is a recipe that just subbed finely ground toasted coconut, which works as well. The ganache filling is perfect. The recipe calls for them to be put in the freezer to set, but they should sit out for a bit before serving, otherwise you'll be in hockey puck territory.

I served these with Chai Tea ice cream from this genius. He's a local "chocolate master" who began making his own ice cream about a year or so ago. When his ice cream shop first opened, I wasn't all that impressed, but when I took my friend there who was visiting, I fell in LOVE! He really perfected his flavors, and textures big time. Last week, we made our favorite sea salt brownies (that I've blogged about a bazillion times), and served them with his French Lavender Ice Cream. Ridiculous.

Sorry about the ice cream tangent......the tarts don't even need ice cream.

But I do. Always.


Angie said...

I'm in. I'm trying these mugs. I've been gluten-free for a couple months now and want to die or cry somedays b/c of lack of sweets. thanks for posting this.

Natalie said...

Hells yeah those look amazeballs. I need one immediately. I so not gluetn free but I would devour those. and you had me at Lavendar Ice Cream. There is a bar here that serves a lavendar martini it will knock your socks off, it's that good.

Erin {HuddyP} said...

I love anything that's friends with coconut. And I am going to blog stalk to find your chocolate seas salt brownie recipe. I made some but would love to give yours a try. Mine were a little doughy on the inside and I needed to use a spoon/fork for some of them. Totally fine though considering I would have found a way to eat them even if my mouth was sewed shut.

Elizabeth said...

I made these this weekend because we had supper club at our house and one member cannot eat gluten. They were delicious - a bit labor intensive but they turned out great! Thank you!