apple rose tart with coconut pastry cream dairy free

Apple Rose Tart with Coconut Pastry Cream {Dairy Free}

Tarts are my go-to Thanksgiving dessert.  For me, tarts are easier-to-make and more elegant than pies.  Tarts contain less pastry (the filling is the best part, right?) and the pan has a simple scalloped edge so that the crust is always beautiful.

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Planning our Thanksgiving meal is a bit of a challenge this year because we have eliminated dairy from our diet (hopefully temporarily).  Most Thanksgiving desserts are filled with butter, milk and sometimes even cream.  So this year, I needed to create a celebration-worthy dessert that our whole family could enjoy.

dairy free apple rose tart with coconut milk pastry cream

Almond and Whole Wheat Flour Tart Pastry {Vegan}

This almond and whole wheat flour tart pastry is one of my favorites.  It has a flaky, nutty texture that is just slightly sweet.  And it is simple to make… no pastry cutter or rolling pin is required!  Simply mix the ingredients together and press the dough into the tart pan.  Also, the pastry can be made ahead and frozen until you are ready to bake it.

Coconut Milk Pastry Cream {Dairy-Free}

The pastry cream used in this apple rose tart is a coconut and vanilla-infused dream.  Creamy, sweet, and flecked with vanilla seeds, I have been known to serve it on its own with fresh berries.  The coconut milk pastry cream can be made in advance and refrigerated for up to 48 hrs prior to use.

Apple Roses {Dairy-Free}

For months, I have been wanting to create another dessert with these beautiful and delicious apple honey roses.  The apple roses can be easily made vegan by substituting maple syrup for the honey.

finished honey apple roses garnished with mint
12. & 13. Once all apple roses have been formed, transfer to a serving dish, garnish with mint leaves

Apple Rose Tart with Coconut Pastry Cream

This apple rose tart is one of my new favorite desserts.  It is beautiful and delicious.  The pastry is flaky, the cream is silky smooth, and the apples are tender and sweet.  All while being dairy-free and low in added sugar.

apple rose tart with coconut pastry cream dairy free
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Apple Rose Tart with Coconut Pastry Cream {Dairy Free}

Servings 8 servings
Calories 271 kcal

Ingredients

Almond and Whole Wheat Flour Tart Crust:

  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons ice cold water

Coconut Milk Pastry Cream:

  • 1 cup coconut milk*
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/2 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Apple Roses:

  • 4 apples peeled and cored and prepared according to apple honey rose recipe
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

Almond and Whole Wheat Flour Tart Crust:

  1. Combine almond flour, sugar and coconut oil in a large bowl (mixture will resemble slightly wet sand). Then stir in whole wheat flour
  2. Add ice cold water, and mix until just combined (pastry will come together, but should not be sticky)
  3. Transfer pastry dough to a 14-in x 4-in tart pan (a 9-in round pan will also work) and press into place with fingers. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or freeze until ready to bake)
  4. Pre-heat oven to 400°F
  5. Bake tart for 20 minutes, or until lightly brown and toasty smelling
  6. Remove from oven and cool completely

Coconut Milk Pastry Cream:

  1. Whisk together egg yolks, corn starch, and sugar in a medium size mixing bowl
  2. In a saucepan, heat coconut milk and vanilla bean until almost boiling (will be hot to the touch with some steam)
  3. Remove vanilla bean from coconut milk (if using) and scrape any seeds from pod into milk
  4. While whisking, slowly pour the hot coconut milk into the egg mixture
  5. Transfer the egg and coconut milk mixture back into the small saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat until it thickens completely (3-5 minutes)
  6. Cool pastry cream slightly and transfer to a glass storage container with parchment paper on top (this will prevent the formation of a "skin" on the pastry cream)
  7. Refrigerate until needed, up to 48 hours

Apple Roses:

  1. Prepare according to apple honey roses recipe

To Assemble Tart:

  1. Spread pastry cream evenly over cooled pastry tart shell
  2. Arrange apple roses on top of pastry cream. Use extra apple slices to make small roses to fill in extra space. Garnish with mint leaves, if using
  3. If not serving immediately, gently cover tart with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve (up to 4 hours)

*Note: I try to use coconut milk that does not contain any stabilizers (ie gums or thickeners). The ingredients should simply read coconut milk and water.  Trader Joe’s brand of coconut milk is a good option.

Tested and delicious substitutions:

Coconut milk pastry cream:

  • Maple syrup can be used in place of sugar for a no-refined-sugar option
  • Whole milk can be used in place of coconut milk (recipe will not be dairy-free)

Nutrition information (per serving, 8 servings per tart):

  • 271 calories
  • 9 g added sugar
  • 4 g fiber
  • 5 g protein
  • 10 mg sodium

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7 Comments

  1. Wow! This treat is gorgeous!

  2. I can’t get over how gorgeous this looks!

    • Thanks so much! It was really fun to make (and not hard at all)! I am looking forward to making it again for Thanksgiving!

  3. This is one of the prettiest desserts I’ve ever seen! <3! I love that you used coconut cream! *-*

  4. This is gorgeous!!!

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