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Coconut Macaroon Tartlets

Try these chocolate-filled bite-size wonders, which make clever use of shredded coconut to form the crust, for a delicious, unique Passover dessert. This recipe was adapted from "Martha Stewart's Pies and Tarts."

  • yield: Makes 1 dozen
Photography: Rob Tannenbaum

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Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup sugar

For the Ganache

  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate (60 percent cacao), finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Topping

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup toasted shaved coconut, for garnish

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Make the crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Step 2

    In a large bowl, combine coconut, egg whites, and sugar until mixture holds together when squeezed.

  3. Step 3

    Form 1 heaping tablespoon coconut mixture into a ball. Press ball into a 2-inch brioche or tartlet tin (or mini muffin cup), making a thumbprint in the center and pressing out so mixture forms a 1/4-inch-thick crust. Repeat with remaining coconut mixture. Place tins on rimmed baking sheet.

  4. Step 4

    Bake crusts until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Set crusts aside until cool enough to handle. Unmold crusts onto a wire rack to cool completely.

  5. Step 5

    Make the ganache: Place both chocolates in a heatproof bowl; set aside. In a small saucepan, combine cream, honey, and salt; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Pour cream mixture over chocolate and let stand until chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes. Whisk to make smooth.

  6. Step 6

    Strain chocolate mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl; stir in vanilla extract. Pour ganache into baked tartlet shells, spreading with a spatula to make smooth.

  7. Step 7

    Make the topping: Pour cream into a chilled mixing bowl. Scrape vanilla seeds into cream; reserve pod for another use. Whisk until soft peaks form. Top ganache with whipped cream; top with toasted shaved coconut and serve.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, April 2012

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