Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Vegan Chocolate Mousse Tart


Woo-hoo! Last exam for uni ever done and dusted!

And with warm (literally) welcome to the summer holidays, I'm ready to party, chill out and enjoy the last 3-month summer break I'll ever have. As much as I looked forward to finishing my degree in the past 4 years, I know I will definitely miss these long holidays!

I was originally going to post something cold and summery today because the weather lately has NOT been the type for anything other than icy cold drinks and salad, but then I realised that I had some unfinished uni-related business that I still needed to post. If anyone remembers from these posts before, I'd cooked up a four-course meal for a uni assignment that I'd thought would give me the content to blog more regularly during that particular month. Well obviously that didn't happen, but you really don't want to listen to me blabber on about how fail I am at managing this blog and other life related matters at the same time......



I did eventually (albeit painfully slowly) manage to get it all up on my blog, except for this chocolate mousse tart which I managed to forget about with all these other exciting things I'd made in the meantime. But it was a rather interesting and good learning experience that I'd like to remember so here it is- my vegan chocolate mousse tart!

I'd chosen the challenge to modifying a recipe for vegans because I'd always wanted to make something that could cater for my friends who don't consume dairy or other animal products. And because I'd made tofu based chocolate tart before, I ended up making it with a combination of cocoa powder, avocado and coconut milk for the filling and an olive oil shell for the crust. I can't say I enjoyed the olive oil crust that much (I haven't had much successes with it), but the chocolate filling was great- perhaps a little on the thick side, but a tasty, fluffy chocolate mousse, quite unlike the chocolate tofu version which was more of a jelly type textured mousse.


I ran into a little bit of trouble when I forgot to add the sugar first go and didn't incorporate it evenly enough afterwards, but you don't need to know about that part......

Definitely something I could serve up to my vegan friends next time they visit!
Vegan Chocolate Mousse Tart
Recipe adapted from here and there

125g plain flour
½ tsp salt
½ egg
30mL olive oil
60mL water
1 Tbsp. white sugar
½ large ripe avocado
4Tbsp.raw cocoa powder
4Tbsp.coconut milk
4Tbsp. Icing sugar
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp natural vanilla extract

  1. For the crust: Preheat oven to 180⁰C and lightly grease 6 mini tart pans. Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a mixing bowl, add oil and mix with fork. Add water, mixing until absorbed then knead lightly until it comes together as a ball. Roll out and cut into rounds large enough to fit tart pans, transfer over and line neatly. Rest for 30 minutes in fridge then prick with fork and blind bake for around 20 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and cool.
  2. For the filling: place remaining ingredients in a food processor and process until mixed together. Pour filling mixture into the tart crusts, and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

13 comments:

Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

Have been super intrigued by vegan chocolate mousses made with avocado. I can kinda see how it would work but will have to give it a go soon!

Navaneetham Krishnan said...

I'm not a big fan of chocs but this one is super tempting. Enjoy your holidays and perhaps more time for blogging too.

Marcela said...

Oh! Your vegan version sounds perfect for me! I totally love the recipe you provided!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Hi Von, congratulations on finishing your exams!! Love that you made these with avocado, very smart.

Gloria Baker said...

I love this chocolate mousse tart! Look delicious!!

Zoe said...

Hi Von,

Welcome to summer party time!!! Party Party Party!!!!

Yeah... Dump the books! Forget the library and start baking for parties!!!

Love to try baking these tarts for my vegan friends too :D Yum!

Zoe

Ivy Sew said...

Hi Von, beautiful and tempting vegan chocolate mousse tart. Very irresistible too! Well, Happy holidays to you and warmest regards :)

Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com) said...

Congrats on your last exam and make the most of the vacation! Love using avocado in desserts as it adds such a lovely level of richness without all the guilt :)

Cakelaw said...

Congrats on finishing your final exams! And definitely enjoy that last Uni break. These little tarts look scrumptious.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

Well done on finishing that last exam. My last one was so long ago it's tough to remember. :) Your vegan chocolate mousse tart sounds perfect for get-togethers with vegan friends.

Emma | Fork and Good said...

Yay for the end of exams!

Also these tarts make me want to skip work and go and eat vegan chocolate tarts all day. LUSH!

Katerina said...

Super tasty and delicious! Happy Thanksgiving! May you enjoy moments of relaxation and joy among people you love!

Emma @ Bake Then Eat said...

Congratulations of finishing Uni and completing your final exam! Exciting times are ahead for you :D These vegan chocolate tarts look great, I have never tried making them like this before, but I must give them a go now.

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