This delicious, chocolatey chestnut tart from Dr Eva, is ideal for vegetarians and as an even bigger bonus it’s also gluten free.
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
(preparation only: 30-35 minutes)
Yield: 10 slices
- 180 g (6½ oz) self-raising gluten-free flour
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 2 tbs almond oil
- 2 tbs reduced-fat cocoa powder
- 1 tbs runny honey
- ¼ tsp fine sea salt
- 30 servings stevia
- 2-3 tbs water
- 180 g (6½ oz) cooked chestnuts (tinned)
- 170 ml (6 oz) coconut cream
- 80 g (3 oz) cacao paste (not the same as cacao butter)
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tbs brandy (optional)
- 1 tbs runny honey
- 40 servings stevia
- sunflower oil spray
- dusting of flour or greaseproof paper
You can get all these ingredients from Tesco.com
How To make Chestnut tart :
- Pre-heat oven to gas mark 5 (190°C / 375°F).
- To make the pastry, combine all pastry ingredients thoroughly, knead for a few minutes (add water gradually as you may need slightly more or slightly less, depending on the type of flour you are using), and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
- Form the pastry into a ball, roll out on a non-stick surface in a shape of a circle and transfer into a non-stick flan dish (24 cm in diameter / 9½ in) coated with sunflower spray and a dusting of flour, or lined with greaseproof paper (ensure the sides of the dish are covered with pastry and the edges are smooth).
- Prick the base with a fork and blind bake for 12-15 minutes (you can line the base with greaseproof paper and baking beans but this is not essential).
To make the filling:
- blend the chestnuts and combine with all the other filling ingredients, whisking or stirring (the cacao paste needs to be melted in a glass bowl suspended over a pan with simmering water ensuring the base of the bowl does not touch the water).
- Transfer the filling into the blind baked base and put back in the oven for another 40-45 minutes (check the filling has set).
- Allow to cool, cut into 10 slices, consume within 2-3 days (store in an air-tight container), or freeze.
This recipe would make a delicious alternative to Christmas pudding for friends and family who are vegetarian or require gluten free food.
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