Monday, April 29, 2013

maple peanut butter chocolate tart

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I am a sucker for a pretty dessert - give me a mug of steaming hot Chai and pretty plated dessert and I'm in 7th heaven.  Beautiful desserts don't need to take a lot of time to create, sometimes the simplest of desserts are the most pleasing to the eye. Take this tart for example - minimal ingredients, no refined sugar, a  helping of healthier than average ingredients plus pretty plates and you have yourself a super awesome dessert that plates up even prettier. I love desserts that look like a lot of effort but can be made in no time at all.

This here is one of those desserts -  plus this is totally a Mother's Day worthy dessert if I ever did see one


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Peanut Butter, Maple Syrup, Raw Cacao & Coconut Oil are the main ingredients in the filling. The crust is a mixture of gluten free flours, dates and coconut oil - making this suitable for your gluten free & vegan friends!

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If you don't find yourself with a rectangular tart pan a round one will do - no tart pan at all? Line a pie plate with parchment and go to town. Mini tarts would make an adorable addition to any Dessert Table.
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Speaking of Mother's Day, I love getting together for a late Breakfast or early Lunch with my Mom - this year will be even more special as my Sister is back home and will be able to join us for the first time in over 4 years. This year we will also be celebrating our nephew's 3rd Birthday & my Cousin's Wedding the night before - it will definitely be a celebratory kind of weekend!
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The only "baking" component to this dessert is the crust- which takes a mere 10-15 minutes to bake up. Everything else is done on the stove top - you could take this tart to the next level by using this raw crust and skip the oven all together! Totally your call, it would be excellent either way.

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The POW! Salt from this post is the perfect accent for this dessert - if you haven't already, you should make a couple batches, save one for yourself and give one to your Mom- she will love it, guaranteed. Mom's love all things homemade, especially when the gifts are made by their kids.
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Do you have a weakness for pretty desserts?
What plans do you have for your Mom or the "Mom's" in your life?
For other Mother's Day Inspired Dishes, check out the links below!
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Maple Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart
serves 8-10

you will need:

for the pastry
1/2 cup Coconut Flour
1 cup All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
pinch salt
1 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp coconut oil - cold
5 Dates- pitted
1/4 cup + 3 tbsp ice water

for the peanut butter layer
1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter - softened
2 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
3 tbsp Vegan Butter

for the chocolate layer

2/3 cup Raw Cacao
1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
2 tbsp Coconut Oil

Flaky Salt - POW Salt!
Chopped salted peanuts for garnish

assembly:

Pre heat oven to 350*

In a food processor, add all the ingredients except for the water for the pastry - process until crumbly. With the processor running slowly add the water until a soft dough forms
(use more water if needed, dough should hold together when a small bit is pressed, dough should not be sticky/tacky)

Press the dough into bottom and sides of a rectangular or round tart pan. Bake in the oven for  12-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

While the  pastry is baking, place a small sauce pan on the stove over medium heat. Add peanut butter, maple syrup  and began butter to the pan, stir well until the peanut butter is ultra soft - almost liquid like. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the tart pastry- using an offset spatula evenly smooth out the peanut butter. Rinse the small sauce pan.

In the rinsed sauce pan, over low-medium heat melt the coconut oil - slowly whisk in the raw cacao and maple syrup. continue to whisk until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter, using the offset spatula evenly spread out the chocolate later on top of the peanut butter layer.

Sprinkle chopped peanuts over the top along with a generous pinch of POW Salt.

Enjoy!

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18 comments:

  1. this is a perfect mother's day tart! considering my mom LOVES chocolate and peanut butter, this is a must!

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  2. Amazing dessert as always dear! You have this way of making me crave whatever it is you make- now I need me some chocolate and peanut butter ;)

    What a great idea- your flavoured salts for Mother's Day! Mine would love it :)

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  3. Gorgeous pictures! This looks absolutely divine!

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  4. Your pictures are beautiful! This tart looks incredible. Perfect for summer!

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  5. I love love love the flavors going on in this tart and that Pow salt is so cute!

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  6. oh my... Peanut butter, chocolate AND maple syrup?? This must taste like heaven!! My Mum would (will ;)) love this tart!
    Beautiful...

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  7. Looks great. Wouldn't have thought to pair peanut butter + chocolate + maple syrup...

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  8. I don't have a sweet tooth but tart is one of my fav, mainly because of the flaky crust. I feel it helps cutting down the sweetness of the feeling making a perfect balance for my palate. This is great dish for the occasion.

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  9. UM, you put all my favorite treats in the title! What are you trying to do to me! Incredible! xx

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  10. this is one pretty tart! and i love it that it comes together easily!!

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  11. This tart definitely has the beautiful presentation factor with those crinkly pastry edges and the peanuts sprinkled on top, and it sounds delicious too - peanut butter and chocolate is always a winning combination! Enjoy all your upcoming celebrations :)

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  12. Do you think it would be as effective with Almond Butter?

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    1. It is definitely worth a try - you may need to add a bit more vegan butter, maybe an additional teaspoon, but start off with the three and if it is spreadable than no need to add more :)

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  13. This looks beyond amazing! Wow! Peanut butter chocolate tart......DELICIOUS! I cannot wait to give this a shot. It's gorgeous!

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  14. How cute and seductive that dark Tart looks !

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  15. I love the layers of flavor in this dish! What an elegant dessert!

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