As promised, another green dessert is coming your way as we go all Irish-themed this month. Of course, pistachios are not native to Ireland, but their delicate flavor combined with white chocolate creates this beautifully vibrant tart that's perfect for celebrating St. Patricks Day!
This recipe is
- Incredibly creamy and airy
- Silky smooth
- Delicate and sweet
- Easy to make
- Perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!
Ingredients for the crust
The crust of this tart tastes a little like frangipane! The delicate flavors of almonds and pistachios complement one another so well and form the perfect light base for this creamy pistachio tart.
- Ground almonds: These are used in place of regular flour to give the crust flavor and keep it suitable for coeliacs.
- Raw pistachios: pistachios are mixed in with the crust to give texture, color, and flavor.
- Vegan butter: You can also use coconut oil, this binds the crust and adds richness and moisture.
- Pure maple syrup: Used to sweeten the crust and add moisture to help bind together the ingredient
- Sea salt: A touch of salt helps to balance the sweetness.
Ingredients for the filling
The filling for this pistachio tart is incredibly smooth, creamy, and silky. The creamy consistency comes as a result of a combination of ingredients that create the most luxurious tart filling ever!
- Vegan white chocolate: As well as adding flavor and sweetness, white chocolate acts as the setting agent for this tart. This means that there is no need to use coconut oil, which is often used to set vegan tarts. You could also make homemade vegan white chocolate.
- Raw pistachios: As well as adding a deliciously fragrant flavor, pistachios help to create a smooth finish to the tart, as well as giving it the most incredibly bright green color.
- Coconut milk: Coconut milk helps to add stability and richness to the filling.
- Vegan yogurt: Yogurt adds a delicious cultured flavor to the dessert as well as gives it some lightness.
- Vanilla extract: This enhances and balances the flavors of the dessert.
- Pure maple syrup: You can also use agave syrup, or omit the maple syrup altogether, depending on the level of sweetness you're looking for.
- Matcha powder: This is completely optional, but helps to add a pop of green color.
How to make this recipe
(full recipe and instructions are in the recipe card at the end of this page)
Bake the crust
Get your oven preheated to 175°C (350°F) before you get to make the tart crust. Then it’s as simple as adding all of the crust ingredients to a food processor. Add the pistachios first and blitz them to break them down a little before adding in the remaining ingredients and blending to a dough consistency.
Once you have your dough, you’ll want to press half of the mixture into the sides of the pan first, and then press the remaining half into the base of the pan (pictured below). Lastly use a fork to prick several holes into the crust to ensure air does not build up underneath it whilst baking. Next bake the crust for 12-15 minutes until slightly browned, then allow to cool (do not remove the tart from the tin).
Prepare the filling
To begin you will need to prepare the pistachios by soaking them. Add them to a large bowl, cover with water and refrigerate overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours). Rinse the pistachios with clean water and remove as many of the skins as possible. They should come off easily using your fingers as the water will have loosened them. Tip: if you're short on time, you can quick-soak the pistachios in boiling water for 30 minutes to one hour.
For the filling, melt the vegan white chocolate over a double boiler (bain-marie). A double boiler (bain-marie) is basically a heated bath. It consists of adding water to a saucepan and bringing it to a gentle simmer. The chocolate is then placed in a heat-resistant bowl (that covers the entire circumference of the bowl), allowing the steam from the simmering water to rise up and gently heat the chocolate, causing it to melt.
Next, add the melted white chocolate to your blender along with all the other ingredients for the filling and blend for several minutes until completely smooth and creamy. Pour the filling into the cooled tart crust and use a spatula to smooth out the surface. Place in the fridge to set for 6 hours, or preferably overnight.
More vegan pistachio desserts
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- 4.5 oz (125 g) vegan white chocolate
- 1 ½ cups (185 g) raw pistachios , soaked *see notes
- ½ cup (113 g) canned full-fat coconut milk, *see notes
- ½ cup (122 g) vegan yogurt, soy or coconut
- ½ tsp (2.5 ml) vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon (5 g) matcha powder, for colour, optional
- raw pistachios, chopped
- vegan white chocolate, melted
- fresh mint leaves
- Prepare the pistachios by soaking them. Add them to a large bowl, cover with water and soak for 4 hour (or soak in boiled water for 1 hour). Rinse the pistachios with clean water and remove as much of the skins as possible. They should coming off easily using your fingers as the water will have loosened them
- Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F).
- Lightly grease the base and sides of a 9.5" tart tin with some oil or vegan butter.
- For the crust, add the pistachios to your food processor and blitz for a minute or so. Add in the remaining crust ingredients and blend until the ingredients stick together to form a dough.
- Evenly press the dough half of the dough into the sides of the tart tin first, then press the remaining dough into the base of the tin. With a fork, gently prick the dough several times.
- Bake the crust for 12-15 minutes until slightly browned, then allow to cool (do not remove the tart from the tin).
- For the filling, melt the vegan white chocolate over a double boiler. Add the melted white chocolate to your blender along with all the other ingredients for the filling. Blend for several minutes until completely smooth and creamy.
- Pour the filling into the cooled tart crust and use a spatula to smooth out the surface. Place in the fridge to set for 6 hours, or preferably overnight.
- Once set, garnish with some more melted white chocolate, chopped pistachios and fresh mint leaves.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within 3-4 days.
- Pistachios: To soak the pistachios, add them to a large bowl, cover with water and refrigerate overnight (or a minimum of 4 hours). Rinse the pistachios with clean water and remove as much of the skins as possible. They should coming off easily using your fingers as the water will have loosened them
- Coconut milk: Refrigerate the tin of coconut milk overnight, then only use the thick cream from the top of the can.
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