Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Almond Joy tart

vegan almond joy tart

Are you in need of a new show to binge watch? Wait, stupid question—of course you are. We all are. And today, I have the perfect recommendation for you: a beautiful little show called Mozart in the Jungle.

Being a total music nerd (and a reluctant fan of classical music), I was instantly intrigued by the premise of a comedy-drama centering on a fictional New York symphony, described by the tagline “sex, drugs, and classical music”. And yeah, it delivers on all three things. In abundance.

It’s super funny, but not in an obnoxious, in-your-face way. The characters are so loveable and fun. And you can tell the show has a real reverence for classical music, despite the sometimes laughably-off fake conducting and playing (but I can forgive the former because c’mon, it’s Gael Garcia Bernal), a rare sight these days.

Pictured: the most enthusiastic fake conducting you'll ever see. source

Oh, and did I mention—the main character is an oboist?

Bet you've never seen that before. source

Of course, the most exciting character is Rodrigo, the symphony’s eccentric conductor (famously inspired by Gustavo Dudamel, who, by the way, was at the Super Bowl this past Sunday).

Pictured: Rodrigo making himself at home. source

Bernadette Peters makes an appearance as Gloria, who is pretty charming herself.

I just love her speaking voice. source

From a musician’s perspective, it’s pretty inspiring too, the way the character’s sheer passion and enthusiasm for their art shines through. Almost makes you want to practice eight hours a day...almost.

Once I was done binge-watching, I picked up my violin and had the most excellent practice session. source

I really don’t know how else I can sell this shit to you. Stream it on Amazon, if you have it. Or just use your local pirate bay, I don’t care. Ignore the pilot if you don’t like it—the following episodes are much better. The second season is just stellar.

But while you’re binge-watching, you’ll probably need some refreshments. Like, say, a cup of coffee, or a slice of tart. 

Smooth, June. Real smooth.

This tart is something I made for a little dinner party a few weeks ago, and I’m proud to say it was a smashing hit. Or, I dunno. There weren’t any other desserts to compete with. But it was pretty much gone by the end of the night, so I suppose that’s a good sign.

They were a captive audience.

The only big thing with this tart is the white chocolate filling. The original recipe uses whipped ganache, but I didn’t feel like risking a batch of failed ganache so I ended up making a sort of white chocolate yogurt. This is obviously VERY different from the recipe in Baked Explorations, but it works in its own way. If you want, you can try making whipped ganache with coconut cream (if you have enough of the stuff on hand—I certainly didn’t) or heavy cream. But the yogurt filling is still quite good.

Nobody noticed the yogurt flavor, anyway.

Here’s the recipe.


Almond Joy tart

Adapted from Baked Explorations by Matt Lewis


Almond tart dough

8 grams • Ener-g egg replacer • 1 tablespoon

45 grams • water • 3 tablespoons

36 grams • whole toasted almonds • ¼ cup

50 grams • granulated sugar • ¼ cup

188 grams • all-purpose flour • 1 ¼ cups plus 2 tablespoons

2 grams • salt • ¼ teaspoon

112 grams • coconut oil • ½ cup

Coconut cream filling

224 grams • vegan white chocolate, coarsely chopped • 8 ounces

228 grams • nondairy yogurt • 1 cup

240 grams • shredded sweetened coconut • 2 cups

15 grams • light rum • 1 tablespoon

Chocolate glaze and garnish

112 grams • semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped • 4 ounces

122 grams • full-fat coconut milk • ½ cup

Slivered almonds, to taste


To make the almond tart dough, start by whisking together egg replacer and water. Set aside.

Place almonds and sugar in a food processor and pulse until the almonds are finely ground. Add flour and salt and pulse again just to combine. Add coconut oil and pulse until the mixture is sandy, with no large chunks remaining. Add egg replacer and pulse once more until the dough begins to cohere into a ball. Form dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

In the meantime, start making the coconut cream filing. Place vegan white chocolate in a small saucepan and melt on very low heat. Let cool to room temperature, or at least until not hot to the touch. Add nondairy yogurt to a large bowl, then pour in white chocolate; whisk until smooth. This may take a few minutes, so be patient. Fold in shredded coconut and rum. Refrigerate until chilled completely.

Now assemble the tart shell. Because my dough was a little crumbly, I just pressed it into the tart pan and it was fine. I also used a 9-inch round tart pan, but you can try other sizes or shapes if you like—just adjust the baking time accordingly. Freeze the unbaked tart shell for 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cover the tart with tinfoil and bake for 15 minutes, then remove tinfoil and bake for another 15 minutes. Let cool completely before adding the white chocolate coconut cream filling. Smooth over the top with a spatula.

To make the chocolate glaze, place the chopped chocolate in a bowl and the coconut milk in a small saucepan. Heat the milk just until it begins to boil, then pour over the chocolate and let sit for 1 minute. Then, whisk until smooth. Pour the warm glaze over the tart. Sprinkle with slivered almonds. Chill the tart until set, at least 10 minutes, before removing from the tart pan and serving.


I didn't have any whole almonds, so I used slivered almonds. I think it works.

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  1. This tart is right up my street ♥

  2. OMFG Mozart in the friggin jungle is amazing. I just discovered it. My husband is a musician and loves it because it reminds him of college, basically (and his friends that play with ensembles' stories)(terribly grammar but you know what I mean). So I was being generous by watching it with him and before long I was begging him to watch with me. Ha! Did you notice that (I think) they got Gael conducting lessons somewhere near the end of season one? He was abysmal in the early episodes but is pretty convincing by season 2. Also Bernadette Peters is God. I'd watch her in basically anything.

    1. Yay another MITJ fan!! It's so cool your husband can relate, watching it makes me wish I had experiences like that :P I didn't really notice any difference in the conducting, though, but I'll watch out for that as I (inevitably) rewatch all the episodes... :D

  3. PS: Sorry got a little carried away. I meant to also say this tart looks amazing and I plan to try it next time I have an excuse to feed a crowd!!

    1. lol it's fine... glad you like the tart too :)

  4. I'll have to check this show out - with a slice of this tart ;)

  5. This tart is calling my name! I'm totally adding this to my must make recipe list. I haven't even had dinner yet but I might have to jump straight to dessert!

    1. I hope you do make it! This tart is amazing :)

  6. Ha! Ha! I'm sure lack of other dessert options did not result in the disappearance act of this beauty. It looks absolutely divine. As for Mozart in the Jungle. . .I have yet to see this show; however, you certainly have convinced me to give it a "look see".

    1. I hope you do check out the show! It's amazing :D

  7. Oh, boy, does this look fabulous! I'm going to take a cue from you and try to turn my favorite Mounds bars into a tart! I bet yours is delish!!

    1. Thanks Liz! A Mounds tart sounds great too :)