One week down in my Melbourne adventure! I spent the first few days feeling a little lost. I'm the first to admit I'm a creature of habit and thrive on routine and its never more evident than when it's gone but I knew I was starting to feel a bit more 'together' when I wanted to get into my sister's kitchen to do some cooking. I even have a sweet treat recipe for you!
But this trip wasn't about cooking - it was about spending time with my sister, LM and LL. It's been eye opening living life in the world of little people, something I've never really experienced for more than a few days at a time before. I certainly think that they are teaching me more than I am teaching them! There has been trains, cupcakes and multiple episodes of Peppa Pig. They continue to astound me with their unlimited energy - my caffeine consumption has increased impressively to keep up.
Things will probably continue to be a little quiet around here until I head home next Monday but until then feel free to try to this quick and delicious chocolatey treat to keep you sweet until I'm back to my regular programming!
Date & Walnut Chocolate Tart
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: Nil
Keywords: dessert vegan chocolate
Ingredients (1 Large Tart)
- 100g Dark chocolate (Lindt 70% is vegan)
- 2tsp Cocoa powder
- 170g Silken tofu
- 1/2tsp Vanilla extract
- 1tbs Non-dairy milk
- 1tbs Pure maple syrup
- 7 Pitted dates, chopped
- 7 Walnut halves, chopped
- 1 large or multiple small pie cases (Woolworths Vol Au Vent cases are vegan)
Melt chocolate in glass bowl in the microwave in thirty second bursts or in a double boiler. Pour into a food processor and add tofu, cocoa, vanilla, milk and maple syrup. Process until well combined.
Using a spatula mix in the chopped dates and most of the chopped walnuts setting aside the rest.
Pour chocolate mixture into tart case/s. Top with the walnuts that you kept aside.
Serve as is or with vegan cream or ice cream.Notes
Using pre-made tart cases will certainly work in a pinch with this recipe but a homemade short crust pastry would really make this shine!
Not keen on the date/walnut combination? How about grated orange rind and a little orange juice? Or what about mint extract and finely chopped mint leaves? Raspberries? Dried apricot and coconut? The world is your chocolate tart oyster!!
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