Mini coconut cream tarts

Nov 30, 2010 at 12:56 p.m. ET

Everything is better when made in miniature and these coconut cream tarts are no exception. A creamy coconut custard blends harmoniously with buttery pie dough to create perfectly portioned miniature desserts that are full of coconut flavor.

Mini coconut cream tarts

Yields 6, 4-inch, tartsCoconut tarts

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4  cups half and half
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean; scraped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut, toasted, divided use
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract (optional)
  • 6, 4-inch, tart shells, baked
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine half and half, coconut milk, vanilla bean and scraped insides of the bean, egg, sugar, flour, and salt; bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove from heat, and stir in 1/2 cup of the coconut and the coconut extract; pour into pie shell and chill 2 to 4 hours, or until firm.
  3. Top tarts with whipped topping and remaining 1/4 cup of coconut.
  4. Note: To toast coconut, spread it in an ungreased pan and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 5 to 7 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring often.

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