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Condensed Milk Coconut Tarts

If you like coconut desserts then you are going to love this Condensed Milk Coconut Tarts. A buttery shortcrust base filled with sweet coconut filling makes up this all-time classic dessert.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Pastry chilling10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Biscuit and slices, Dessert
Servings: 12 Coconut tarts
Calories:

Ingredients

FOR THE PASTRY

  • ½ cup /125g butter or margarine
  • ½ cup / 100g caster sugar
  • ¼ cup / 60 ml buttermilk or 1 teaspoon / 5 ml lemon juice mixed into ¼ cup of milk
  • 2 ¼ cups / 270g cake flour / all-purpose flour
  • 1 level teaspoon / 4 grams baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon / 2 ml salt

FOR THE FILLING

  • 2 ½ cups / 150g desiccated / shredded coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons cake OR all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • cup / 134g sugar SEE NOTE 1
  • ½ cup / 125ml milk
  • ½ cup / 120ml sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 Tablespoons / 60g melted butter

Instructions

MAKING THE PASTRY

  • Start by making the pastry by creaming the sugar and butter.
  • Add the buttermilk and beat well until light and creamy
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Combine and handle lightly to form a soft dough. Place in the fridge or freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes while you make the filling.

TO MAKE THE FILLING

    THE COCONUT FILLING

    • Combine the desiccated coconut, flour and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.
    • In another bowl, add in the sugar, condensed milk, vanilla extract, melted butter and milk and mix well using a whisk. Mix in the coconut flour mixture into it and whisk well to combine

    CUT AND SHAPE THE PASTRY INTO THE TART PAN

    • Lightly dust the work surface with flour and roll out the chilled pastry. Using a cookie cutter, cut and press the pastry into a greased tart or cupcake pan.

    FILL AND BAKE

    • Use a spoon or an ice cream scoop to put the filling into the pastry. Bake in a preheated oven at 320ºF (160ºC) for 20 minutes or until they turn golden brown and fully cooked. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before removing from the tart or cupcake tin.

    Notes

    1. I use just a 1/4 cup of sugar for these coconut tarts, but feel free to add a bit more if you prefer a sweeter bake.