A Tart Full Of Island Flavor

Sam Choy
By Sam Choy
Wednesday - September 09, 2009
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We’re having a sweet time on the show this week with master pastry chef Stanton Ho. This show aired originally in May 2003.

WARM COCONUT-PINEAPPLE TART

For Tart Shell:

* 3/4 cup butter

* 3/4 cup powdered sugar

* 1 egg

* 5 egg yolks

* 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

* 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted


Cream the butter and sugar. Slowly add in the egg and the egg yolks. Scrape down the bowl and continue the mixing process. Add in the vanilla. Slowly add in the flour and mix well. Scrape down the bowl and mix. Massage onto work table. Place into plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.

For Coconut Mixture:

* 1 cup granulated sugar

* 7 tablespoons unsalted butter

* 2 large eggs

* 2 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded dried coconut

* 1/4 cup mango or passion fruit puree (optional)

* 1/2 cup chopped fresh pineapple


Preheat oven to 380 degrees. Cut the pineapple into half-inch cubes. Place on a paper towel to drain. Randomly scatter the chopped pineapple onto the bottom of the tart shell. Gently press slightly into the dough. Place in refrigerator when ready for the second step. Put butter and the sugar into a mixing bowl. Use the paddle attachment to cream the mixture. Slowly add in the eggs, followed by the coconut. Scrape down the bowl and mix for a short while. Spread the creamed mixture onto the surface of the pineapple. Spread evenly. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes at 380 degrees, then lower to 350 degrees and bake an additional 35-40 minutes. The top of the coconut cream should be golden brown and the center set and firm. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and top with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

(Watch “Sam Choy’s Kitchen” Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on KHNL News 8.)

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