Out of all the superfoods out there, coconut-related ones have got to be my number one. Not only does it come into play in nearly all my dishes (even just a fried egg with a little coconut oil) but it tastes so unbelievably good and sweet! It actually adds to the flavour of the dish or desert rather than just being something to cook with or something to surround a lemon tart! I thought the game changer was stir-frying some chilli prawns in a dollop of coconut oil because you literally feel as though you’ve just been jetted to the Caribbean, but this pastry case, WOW, a whole new level.
I made the gluten-free pastry case for my Nectarine and Chia seed pie which you can get the recipe for here. I wanted to create a desert that was completely gluten-free and so super healthy that the normal connotation of a ‘pie’ would jump completely out the window! It is indeed a damn-good pie, tastes incredible and probably my favourite of the sweet section to date, but all the glory can’t lie with the Nectarines and Chia, it was the Coconut flour pastry shell that made it that much more special! I don’t know if it was the combination of the pastry with the nectarines and chai filling that made the desert come alive but it was sensational. Therefore, I am giving it it’s very own blog post because I would use this pastry case time and time again for all different types of fillings and I hope you try it too!
Coconut is pretty accessible now, I found it in Dubai in quite a few supermarkets such as the Maybury and any Organic food store around here, and in London i’ve bought it a fair few times from Waitrose, so don’t worry thinking it’s a hidden gem that you’ll have to hunt for!
I mention a ‘patting technique’ in the instructions, the best way to do this is wrap your fingers in some cling film and then pat down the pastry onto your flan dish, spreading it as you go. You’ll be amazing what it covers in the end! I hope you love the pastry as much as I do!
Hello and welcome! I'm Carly, originally from London but currently enjoying a little adventure in Dubai. A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!