These mini coconut paw paw tarts are perfect bite-size desserts for parties. With all the alluring tropical flavors, no one can stop at eating just one. Better yet, they are vegan, gluten-free, and low in sugar.
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Boil all ingredients except the paw paw pulps in a saucepan. Whisk continuously to dissolve the agar agar noodles. Once it boils, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 2 minutes.
Transfer the coconut filling into a clean glass bowl. Cover the bowl with a piece of plastic wrap with the wrap touching the coconut milk filling surface. This will prevent it from forming a skin-like surface when it cools in refrigerator. Let the coconut filling cool completely in refrigerator for 1.5 hours.
To make the crust
Whisk all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add butter and break the butter into smaller pieces with your fingers. Gently incorporate the butter with the flour mix. Add water and mix. It should form a soft ball at this point.
Let the dough rest for 5 minutes. Evenly divide the dough into 25 pieces. Approximately 15 grams for each piece. Place each piece into a mini tart tin and use your fingers to shape each piece that fits inside the tin. Use a fork to gently poke a few holes on the bottom of each piece of dough. Let the prepared tart tin chill for 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 °F. Bake the prepared tart tins for 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven and let them completely cool to room temperature. Transfer tart crusts out from the tins and set aside.
Bake the coconut flakes in the oven for 5 minutes.
To fill the mini tart
Transfer the chilled coconut filling into a blender. Blend with the paw paw pulps until smooth.
Fill a pastry bag with the coconut paw paw filling and pipe into the cooled tart crusts. Sprinkle chocolate chips and coconut flakes to garnish.
You can enjoy the mini tart at this point. Letting them set in refrigerator will make the filling stiffer.
1. You can use any brand all-purpose gluten-free flour for this recipe. 2. The agar agar noodles may be available in Asian grocery stores.
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