Vegan and Raw Chocolate Fruit Mince Tarts

Raw ‘baking’, or more creating, could be easier than you think ๐Ÿ™‚

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Also healthier, I’m sure I don’t need to go into the details of raw food and vegan baking. I can, however, tell you that it is delicious! ๐Ÿ˜€

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I know that Christmas, and therefore the season of fruit mince flavours, has passed but the chocolate-avocado ย filling drags it into the rest of the year’s menu. Although, you can always swap the fruit mince for some medjool dates.

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Here is the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

Raw Fruit Mince and Chocolate Tarts
Ingredients:
Crusts:
1/2 cup dried fruit (I used fruit mince, make sure it’s raw ๐Ÿ™‚ )
1/4 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
Pinch mixed spice/Chinese 5 spice
Filling:
1/3 cup avocado
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp cocoa
To decorate:
Pine nuts

Instructions:
For the crust, whizz up all the ingredients until you have a sticky, crumbly paste. Press into about 10 small cupcake tins and freeze until firm.

When firm, very carefully run a knife around the edges and release them from the mold.

Blend all the filling ingredients until smooth (you may want to adjust the honey for the sweetness) and spoon into the tart tins. Arrange some pine nuts on top and keep in the freezer until you want to serve them; just defrost for about ten minutes before eating.

Makes ten, and they can be made the day before ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mini Kiwifruit Meringue Tarts with Olive Oil Pastry

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Just a little fun for the festive season ๐Ÿ™‚ You are probably sick of all the kiwifruit and meringue goods I seem to produce incessantly…. and I’ve already done kiwifruit meringue tartlets, I know….! We all have those fruits or other ingredients that need to get used up somehow, bananas being a prime culprit as we all know. Speaking of which, you could make a multitude of cakes! Chocolate marbled ring cake, spiced ring cake, fruit loaf for winter or summer, chai cupcakes, lemon cupcakes, vegan loaf with butterflies on the inside!

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But I digress! I was too lazy to blind bake these tart shells but the excellent news is that there didn’t seem to be any need…. also there is no butter in the pastry.

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You could use this type of flower tart shell for pretty much any little tarts, and if you do please let me know! I’d love to see them ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sorry about all the pictures, I had much more time than I usually do….

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The heart shaped wafers to the right of that photo are from some petit-fours I made using a sandwich press; I’ll post the recipe soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s the recipe! (Right after another photo….)

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Mini Kiwifruit Meringue Tartsย with Olive Oil Pastry
Ingredients:
Olive Oil Pastry
1 cup flour
Pinch salt
2 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp custard powder or cornflour
1 egg yolk (cold)
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp-ish of cold water
Filling:
2 kiwifruit, peeled
Topping:
1 egg white
2 Tbsp caster sugar

Instructions:
First, for the tart shells! Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius, and make sure you know where your mini tart/cupcake tin is!

Pulse the flour, salt, sugar and cornflour. Then add the egg yolk and olive oil and pulse until a ‘breadcrumb’ texture has formed. Add the cold water, about 1 Tbsp to start with,and pulse until the dough just starts to come together, adding more water if you need to.

Roll out the dough and either use a small round cookie cutter (or whatever you can find that is some what circular and the right size) to cut out lots of little circles! Place one circle in the bottom of each cupcake/tart tin and arrange 5 other circles as petals around the edges. Seal the edges of the ‘petals’ together to make sure that they stay together. Bake for 20 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove and cool in the tin.

For the filling, chop up the kiwifruit and microwave for 3 minutes, one minute at a time and mixing in between each burst of heat. Let cool.

Now for the meringue, whisk the egg white and sugar in a bain marie until stiff peaks form.

To assemble, spoon a little bit of kiwifruit filling into each tart shell and spoon some meringue on top. You can sprinkle some poppy seeds onto the meringue if you like, I don’t know what possessed me to do that ๐Ÿ™‚

Makes 9 (less than I thought….)

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