An original recipe by L'Ecole Gourmet Valrhona
Category: Cakes and Tarts
Makes 1 tart for approx. 12 people
Difficulty: Easy


Almond Shortcrust Pastry:
120g butter
2g fine salt
80g confectioners' sugar
30g almond flour
50g eggs
240g (60g + 180g) pastry flour

Almond and Coconut Custard:
180g butter
180g confectioners' sugar
90g grated coconut
90g almond flour
20g cornstarch
100g eggs

Pineapple Rum Vanilla Compote:
300g pineapple
10g lemon juice
4g Maïzena cornstarch
15g dark rum
1/2 ea vanilla bean
1/2 ea lime zest

Coconut Milk Whipped Ganache:
150g coconut milk
20g Acacia honey (or invert sugar)
135g Ivoire 35%
225g heavy cream
18g Malibu liqueur
1/2 ea lime zest



Almond Shortcrust Pastry:
  • First mix the creamed butter, fine salt, confectioner's sugar, almond flour, egg and 60g of flour.
  • As soon as the mixture is homogeneous, add the remaining 180g of flour in one go.
  • Spread the mixture between 2 plastic sheets, then cut it into the desired shape. Store in the freezer for at least 1 hour before placing it in the base of the mold.
Almond and Coconut Custard:
  • Cream the butter then add in the confectioner’s sugar, cornstarch, grated coconut and almond flour.
  • Gradually incorporate in the tempered eggs.
  • Immediately use to garnish the strip of shortcrust pastry.
  • Bake in the oven at 355°F (180°C) for approx. 18 minutes.
Pineapple Rum Vanilla Compote:
  • Cut the pineapple into small cubes.
  • Mix the lemon juice with the Maïzena cornstarch and seeds from the vanilla bean.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil in a saucepan. Once the mixture has cooled, add the rum and lime zest.
Coconut Milk Whipped Ganache:
  • Heat the coconut milk with the honey and lime zest.
  • Leave to infuse for 10 minutes then strain. Melt the 135g of Ivoire 35% chocolate.
  • Ivoire 35% chocolate using a spatula to create an elastic, glossy texture – once you can see this, your emulsion has started to form.
  • Finish by mixing with an immersion blender to make a perfect emulsion.
  • Add the 225g of cold cream and the Malibu. Mix again.
  • Seal using plastic film and store overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Whisk the mixture before you use it so its texture will pipe easily.
Assembly and Finishing:
  • Use (2) 16cm frames or use one 16x32cm long frame or similar size.
  • Place a strip of shortcrust pastry in a tart frame, then arrange the almond and coconut cream. Bake at 355°F (180°C) for approx. 18 minutes. Leave to cool a little and turn out.
  • Make the pineapple compote. Once it has cooled, use a spoon to place it in the center of the tart. Leave in the freezer for approx. 1 hour.
  • Whisk the coconut ganache and use a piping bag with a 16mm nozzle to pipe it into unevenly sized droplets.
  • Finish off by decorating the tart with fresh coconut shavings, lime zest and, if you wish, some Ivoire 35% white chocolate pieces.