Review: Cacao, Coconut, Raisin, and Almond Tart from COMO Shambhala

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Cacao, Coconut, Raisin, and Almond Tart

A health-conscious recipe straight from the newly released The Pleasures of Eating Well: Nourishing Favourites, the first cookbook from luxury brand Como Hotels & Resorts, these delicious steps will result in a big, generous Cocao, Coconut, Raisin and Almond Tart. It comes straight from the Como Shambhala kitchen, which has been carefully measured for a dessert rich in nutrients and antioxidants.

Note that this recipe serves 16.

Ingredients

Almond Cacao Tart Shell

  • 160g/5½oz (2 cups) Flaked Almonds
  • 75g/3oz (½ cup) Raisins
  • 2 Tbsp Agave Nectar (G)
  • 40g/1½oz (¼ cup) Cacao Butter (G)
  • 1 tbsp Organic Palm Sugar (G)
  • 1 tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1 Pinch sea salt

Cacao and Coconut Filling

  • 125ml (½ cup) Young Coconut Water
  • 2 tbsp Agar Agar
  • 2 Vanilla Beans (Pods), Split Lengthways and Seeds Scraped Out
  • 435g/15oz (3 cups) Young Coconut Meat
  • 225g/8oz (1 cup) Sliced Bananas
  • 90g/3oz (⅓ cup) Agave Nectar (G)
  • 70g/2½oz (⅓ cup) Organic Palm Sugar (G)
  • 70g/2½oz (½ cup) Raw Organic Cacao Powder
  • 120g/4½oz (¾ cup) Cacao Butter (G)
  • 125ml (½ cup) Coconut Oil

Semi-Dried Grape Syrup

  • 1kg/2¼LB (6 cups) Seedless Red Grapes
  • 150g/5oz (½ cup) Agave Nectar (G)

To Serve

  • 165g/6oz (1 cup) Fresh Red or Black Seedless Grapes
  • 160g/5½oz (1 cup) Semi-dried Grapes or Raisins Cacao Beans, Roughly Chopped

Method

  1. To make the almond cacao tart shell, line a 28cm / 11-inch tart tin (with removeable base) with clingfilm. Place the almonds in a bowl, cover with water and soak for 1 hour.
  2. Drain the almonds the process with the remaining ingredients in a food processor, using the pulse button until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to firm up slightly.
  3. Press the mixture into the base and sides of the prepared tart tin until 4mm / ¼-inch thick. Dehydrate for 3 hours on 48°C/118°F. Alternatively, dry in an oven heated on its lowest setting.
  4. To make the cacao and coconut filling, combine the young coconut water and agar agar n a small saucepan in a small saucepan and bring to boil, whisking well.
  5. Transfer to a blender, adding the scraped seeds of vanilla beans.
  6. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until mixture is smooth and emulsified.
  7. Fill the tart shell, cover and refrigerate for 4-6 hours, or until set.
  8. To make the demi-dried grape syrup, wash the grapes and remove the stems.
  9. Place the grapes on a dehydrator and dry at 48ºC/118ºF for 18-20 hours, or until semi-dried.
  10. Combine 160g/5¼oz (1 cup) of semi-dried grapes with the nectar and store in a glass jar.
  11. Reserve the extra semi-dried grapes.
  12. To serve, place a slice of the tart on a serving plate, slice the black grapes into rounds and scatter over the tart.
  13. Spoon over the semi-dried grape syrup, then top with crushed cacao beans and the extra semi-dried grapes.

Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy Editor of the AU review and a freelance travel writer. You can reach him on Instagram by following @chrisdsingh.

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