Party Coconut Tarts


Coconut tarts are little coconut pastries.

They are popular in Liberia for weddings and other special occasions.

They are also great for lunches, picnics, or any other occasion.

Coconut Tart Filling

1 lb frozen grated coconut
2 C water
1 Tbs margarine
5 oz can evaporated milk (one small can)
2/3 C sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Place coconut along with other ingredients in a deep pot. Bring mixture to a boil on high. Reduce heat to medium high and cook until coconut is cooked and most of the water is gone, about 35 minutes.

Stir frequently so that the coconut does not stick to the bottom of the pan. When done, set aside and allow to cool.


Pastry Crust

4 C flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 C margarine
1/2 C Sugar
1 1/3 C milk

Measure out and combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Use a fork to Cut the butter into the flour. To cut, you simply mash the butter into small pieces while mixing in the flour.

Cut and mix until the small pieces of butter are more or less evenly spread out in the flour.

Stir sugar in milk. Pour sweetened milk into flour mixture. Fold milk into flour evenly. Use your hands to gather dough into a ball. Place on lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two.

Coconut Tarts

Roll the dough out flat on a lightly floured surface as shown in the photo. Use a large round cookie cutter to cut the dough into circles.

Spoon a heaping spoonful of filling in to the center of the dough and fold over into a semi-circle. Seal the edges with a fork.

Grease and flour a cookie sheet. Place the tarts on the cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown (about 20-25 minutes.)

Use a spatula to remove from the
cookie sheet.

Enjoy!

Also, check out some of the other dessert recipes.


Tips:

Make sure to scrape the coconut from the bottom of the pot while stirring and cooking

Use 8 tsp baking powder if it is NOT double acting.

I like to use I can’t believe it’s not butter margarine. It doesn’t have any man-made trans fat and cholesterol like butter. It also has lots of Omega 3 oils (known to reduce hypertension, heart disease and more.)

Use an oil/flour spray like Pam to grease your baking pans. It is faster.

Remember to always read the entire recipe BEFORE beginning
...and plan ahead.



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