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Immerse yourself in a tropical paradise with our Mango and Coconut Cream Tart with a Ginger Snap Crust. This dessert beautifully combines the flavors and textures of the tropics, promising a mouth-watering and refreshing treat perfect for warm summer days or whenever you need a sweet escape.
The hero of this dessert is the ripe, lusciously sweet mango. Revered as the king of fruits, mangoes offer a delightful sweetness that sings of sunshine and vibrant tropical landscapes. Coupled with the creaminess of coconut cream, the result is a filling that’s delectably rich, sweet, and satisfyingly creamy.
But we’re not stopping there. To add an exciting contrast to the sweet and creamy filling, we’re introducing a zingy Ginger Snap Crust. The ginger snap cookies lend their distinctive spicy flavor to the mix, creating a perfectly balanced taste profile that excites the palate.
The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity and the harmony of its flavors. It doesn’t require any complicated cooking techniques or hard-to-find ingredients, yet it manages to impress with its elegant presentation and delightful combination of flavors.
Whether you’re looking for a stunning dessert to impress guests at a dinner party, a unique treat to celebrate a special occasion, or just an indulgent dessert to enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon, this Mango and Coconut Cream Tart with a Ginger Snap Crust fits the bill.
Remember to select ripe, firm mangoes for the topping. They should give a little when pressed gently, signaling they are ripe and ready to use. The full-fat coconut milk will give the filling its luxurious, creamy texture. And of course, using good-quality ginger snap cookies for the crust will ensure that every bite has that delightful ginger zing.
This Mango and Coconut Cream Tart with a Ginger Snap Crust is a stand-alone stunner and can be served as it is for a perfect ending to a meal. However, if you’d like to elevate your dessert experience, here are some suggestions:
- A Dollop of Whipped Cream: A little whipped cream on the side never hurts. It adds a nice contrast to the fruity tart and compliments the creamy filling.
- Coconut Flakes: For an extra touch of coconut, sprinkle some toasted coconut flakes on top of the tart just before serving.
- Ice Cream: A scoop of vanilla or coconut ice cream on the side can turn your tart slice into a decadent dessert plate.
- Fresh Berries: For a refreshing contrast, serve with a side of fresh berries.
The Mango and Coconut Cream Tart is best enjoyed the day it’s made, but it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Be sure to cover it well with plastic wrap to prevent it from absorbing other flavors in the fridge.
When ready to eat, you can enjoy it cold straight from the fridge, or let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes to take the chill off. Do note that the crust might soften over time due to the moisture from the filling. Enjoy your tropical tart while it’s fresh and the crust is still delightfully crunchy!
- Mangoes: Mangoes are high in vitamin C, which aids immunity, iron absorption, growth and repair. They are also a good source of vitamin A, which supports eye health.
- Coconut Cream: Coconut cream is high in healthy fats that can aid weight loss, heart health, and digestion. It’s also high in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, folate, and potassium.
- Ginger Snap Cookies: Although ginger snap cookies are a sweet treat, they do contain ginger and spices which have anti-inflammatory properties and can aid digestion.
- Lime Juice: Lime juice is high in vitamin C and antioxidants which enhance the immune system and skin health.
However, it’s important to note that while this tart contains some healthy ingredients, it is still a dessert and should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
- 2 cups ginger snap cookies, finely crushed
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 can (13.5 oz) full-fat coconut milk
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- In a food processor, pulse the ginger snap cookies until they are finely ground.
- Mix the crushed cookies, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl until the crumbs are evenly coated with butter.
- Press this mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Use the back of a spoon or the bottom of a measuring cup to ensure the crust is firmly packed.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until the crust is set and beginning to brown.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool while you prepare the filling.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the coconut milk, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
- Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens and starts to bubble. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
- Once the filling has thickened, remove it from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
- Pour the filling into the cooled ginger snap crust and spread it evenly with a spatula. Allow the tart to cool completely.
- Peel and slice the mangoes thinly.
- Arrange the mango slices on the cream. You can create a circular pattern starting from the outside and working your way in, or simply scatter them evenly over the top.
- Drizzle the fresh lime juice over the mango slices. This will enhance the mango's flavor and prevent it from browning.
- For an extra touch of color and freshness, garnish the tart with some fresh mint leaves.
- Chill the tart in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or until the filling is firm.
- Before serving, you can optionally sprinkle some toasted coconut flakes on top for added texture and flavor.
- Slice the tart using a sharp knife, cleaning the blade between each cut to ensure clean slices.
Our Mango and Coconut Cream Tart with a Ginger Snap Crust truly is a tropical delight. This dessert brings together sweet and creamy textures with a zesty kick from the ginger, promising a unique treat that’s sure to impress. It’s the perfect dessert for any occasion – be it a dinner party, a celebratory event, or simply a quiet evening at home.
Although the process may seem lengthy, the result is a beautifully crafted tart layered with complementary flavors. Every slice serves a taste of tropical paradise. We hope this dessert brings joy to your table and a sweet escape for your taste buds. Happy baking!