For the love of chocolate (or lemons)

By
Casey Warrener
Added
09 February, 2017

These show-stopping Pana Chocolate tarts would make a sweet gift or a wow-worthy dessert.

Make a batch of mint-choc or blueberry-topped lemon tarts (or both) for your special someone this Valentine’s Day. These individual desserts will impress on their own or as a finish to a meal.

Base instincts

Start with the tart shell. It’s important to do this in advance – in fact, the beauty of a dish like this is that you can make it ahead and magic it from the fridge on the day. Get your blender out and add in the desiccated coconut, nut flour, pink salt and coconut nectar. We found that the mixture for this was a little too dry to properly bind. Our recommendation? Increase the amount of coconut nectar to around 100ml and use almond meal as your base, as it has more moisture than other nut flours (we used coconut flour and it wasn’t quite right). Ready your tart tins with removable bases and then gently press the mixture in. Place in the freezer to firm up, before transferring to the fridge.

Variety is the spice of life

At this step, we made two fillings to use with the one shell – the chocolate queen of tarts and the lemon and blueberry tarts. If you want to impress your guests with a selection of sweets, you can do the same. In order to keep our ingredients list concise, we were able to substitute the rice malt syrup for coconut nectar in the lemony recipe. The main takeaway from the fillings was that the amount of zest according to the lemon tart recipe was far too much. Cut it in half – the zest of two reasonably sized lemons should be enough.

It’s all in the detail

Topping your tarts is where you can get creative. Use a vegetable peeler to make chocolate curls or melt some chocolate to drizzle on top. Blend or crush pistachios to add a pop of colour to your chocolate or, if you can find it, decorate with a couple of micro mint sprigs. For the lemon tarts, you can’t go wrong with a towering pile of fresh, juicy blueberries. If you’re giving these as a gift, step it up a notch by sourcing a bakery box (or a plain white gift box) and sealing it with a metallic or coloured sticker of your choosing.

Check out the rest of our recipe tests, including chocolate fudge, truffles and choc-chia pudding. 

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