2 tablespoons cardamom pods, lightly crushed with a flat blade until the outer husks crack
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla powder or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (or make your own; recipe in Simplicious page 45)
100g dark (85-90% cocoa) chocolate, chopped
Pinch of sea salt, plus coarse sea salt, to garnish
Berries, edible petals and Activates Groaties (Simplicious page 27), to garnish (optional)
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup rice malt syrup
2 cups shredded coconut
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
To make the crust, melt the coconut oil and rice malt syrup in a saucepan. Remove from the heat, add the shredded coconut and cacao powder and mix well. Press the mixture into the base and up the side of a quiche or tart tin — no need to grease it — so that the mixture’s approximately 5mm thick all over. Bake the crust for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool and firm up.
Meanwhile, heat the coconut cream, cardamom pods and vanilla in a saucepan to simmer, then turn off the heat and cover with a lid. Allow to steep for 10 minutes.
Strain the coconut cream mixture into a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup in the pan for emergency use later, if needed. Discard the cardamom pods (or save to spice up chai tea). Add the chocolate and salt to the bowl, whisking it through until silky and melted. If the fats separate and your ganache develops a chocolatey cottage-cheese appearance, just add the reserved coconut cream, whisking swiftly to bring it all back together.
Once silky, pour into the tart shell and refrigerate until the ganache sets (at least 2 hours). Garnish with a pinch of coarse sea salt and berries, petals and activated Groaties, if desired.