Valentine’s day, regardless of sentiment, is a day synonymous with chocolate. If you have a sweetie, you get them chocolate, and if you don’t, you get yourself chocolate. Shiny chocolate hearts, chocolates in the shape of roses, even chocolate souffles for the fancy at heart; but there are ominous clouds on the horizon.
What if your sweetie doesn’t like chocolate? What if they scrunch their pretty/handsome little faces at the very mention of the word? ‘What then?’ you yell, while shaking your fists at an apathetic sky, what then?
I’m here to help. I myself, am cursed with a chocolate-hating significant other. I didn’t make a wedding cake for our wedding, I made wedding cakes, just to make sure the marriage would last. Not really a tart, not really a cake, this recipe is a hybridized confectionery sure to win over your sweetie. Enough talk, we have relationships to save!
Lemon Almond Tart (gluten free)
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1 cup almond meal
1/4 cup ground, unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup polenta (not instant)
1 scant tsp salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 tsp cardamom
2/3 cup sugar
Zest of one lemon
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons coconut milk (I use light)
Preheat your oven to 350° F.
Combine your dry ingredients in a small bowl and whisk out any lumps. Wash and zest your lemon, taking care not to get any of the white pith layer in- that’s bitter as all get out. Melt your coconut oil in a microwave safe liquid measuring cup, in intervals of 30 seconds. In a large bowl combine your sugar, zest, juice, coconut milk, vanilla, melted coconut oil, and combine thoroughly. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture in batches. What I enjoy most about gluten-free baking is that you can mix the living daylights out of it, to no ill effect.
Grease a 9 inch round cake pan. As this tart is sticky, it’s best if you put a round of parchment paper on the bottom, for insurance.
Bake for 22-25 minutes. The edge will have risen forming a tart-like appearance for your favorite sweet-tart. Once it’s cool, dust the top with powder sugar and sprinkle on some sliced almonds.
Its bright citrus-y burst will clear any gloomy skies in your love life, while its rich, warm undertones will soothe and reassure even the most savage of beasts.
‘But what about me?’ you say. ‘I need love too!’ I haven’t forgotten about you, dear chocolate lover. I’d never leave you alone in the cold.
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