One of our favourite recipes from Sarah Wilson’s Simpilicious, this Cardamom and Sea Salt Ganache Tart is a must-make at your next IQS dinner party…
-270 ml can coconut cream
-2 tablespoons cardamom pods, lightly crushed with a flat blade until the outer husks crack-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla powder or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (or make your own; pg 45 of Simpilicious)
-100 g dark (85-90% cocoa) chocolate, chopped
-Pinch of sea salt, plus coarse sea salt to garnish
-Berries, edible petals and Activated Groaties (pg 27 of Simpilicious, to garnish (optional)
-1/3 cup (75g) coconut oil
-4 tablespoons rice malt syrup
-2 cups (150g) shredded coconut
-1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius (gas 4).
To make the crust, melt the coconut oil and rice malt syrup in a saucepan. Remove from the heat, add the shredded coconut and cacao powder and mix well. Press the mixture into the base and up the side of a quiche or tart tin – no need to grease it – so that the mixture’s approximately 5 mm thick all over. Bake the crust for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool and firm up.
Meanwhile, heat the coconut cream, cardomom pods and vanilla in a saucepan to a simmer, then turn off the heat and cover with a lid. Allow to steep for 10 minutes.
Strain the coconut cream mixture into a bowl, reserving 4 tablespoons in the pan for emergency use later, if needed. Discard the cardomom pods (or save to spice up chai tea). Add the chocolate and salt to the bowl, whisking it through until silky and melted. If the fats separate and your ganache develops a chocolatey cottage-cheese appearance, just add the reserved coconut cream, whisking swiftly to bring it all back together.
Once silky, pour into the tart shell and refrigerate until the ganache sets (at least 2 hours). Garnish with a pinch of coarse sea salt and berries, petals and activated groaties, if desired.