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Pina Colada Cake

13 Jun

The weather in Vancouver has NOT been summer-like at all. It’s been dubbed Junuary. I can’t believe how fast July is approaching. I am hoping the weather turns around. There are always so many things on my summer bucket list. I want to spends days at White Pine Beach, pick berries, ride a pony, do a hike with the dog, go to English Bay and eat hot dogs and ice cream, go to the water slides, the water park and the pool. Have fabulous picnics and eat dinner outside. Do you see a trend?? All are pretty much weather dependant. keep reading

Individual Pina Colada Tarts

2 Sep

When I was a little kid, probably 3 or 4 I was at a hotel with my Auntie, Uncle and Cousin.  My Aunt made this drink that totally looked like a milk shake.  I kept bugging and bugging and bugging for a drink.  Finally my Aunt gave in and I had a drink.  YUCK!!!!  It was a Pina Colada.  For the next oh 10 years anytime anyone mentioned Pina Colada I would yell YUCK and run away.  It was one of my Aunts favorite drinks, when she drank.  She doesn’t drink at all anymore but I always remember that.  We don’t live in the same city but are VERY close.

Then when I grew up I realized that Pina Colada was coconut, pineapple and rum blended.  That, my friends, is NOT yuck.  That is a day at the beach in a glass.

I made this with my Aunt in mind.  She can’t have chocolate so this is the perfect dessert for her.  Next time I see her I will make this.  So for you Auntie Shirley.  Love you!!!!

A Pina Colada Cream Pie.

VERDICT

The grilled pineapple in this adds another unexpected dimension.  Neither the coconut nor the pineapple was lost in the custard.  I ate the custard out of the bowl by itself.  It literally tastes like Hawaii.  Oh how I want to go back to Hawaii.  I skipped the rum cause of the kidlets but you could totally add in some rum extract or a shot into the mix.  The coconut tart needs a little work.  If you make this, make the coconut tart shell fill the entire muffin tin.  It will be thin but mine it was too thick and should have been cooked a little longer.  Seriously, though that’s really just nit picking.  It was a fun summery dessert with a flavor PUNCH!

Coconut Tart Shell Recipe – Makes 6 – from Michael Smith – Chef @ Home

2 egg whites
2 c sweetened shredded coconut

Spray down the muffin tin with non-stick spray or line with a cupcake liner and spray the inside of the cupcake liner with non-stick spray.  Mine did stick but it was partly my fault.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Whisk eggs lightly and stir in coconut.

Spoon coconut mixture into muffin tins and push into the bottom and up the sides right to the top.

Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Let cool before filling with the coconut/pineapple mixture.  If you aren’t filling right away put them in a air tight container.

Grilled Pineapple Coconut Cream Pie Filling – enough for 6

1/2 c grilled fresh pineapple cut into small pieces
1/4 + 2 tbs c granulated sugar
1/4 c all purpose flour
1 egg yolks
1/2 can coconut milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbs butter

In a medium saucepan whisk together flour and sugar,  Whisk in egg yolks and coconut milk until smooth.

Turn on heat to medium whisking frequently until custard comes to a boil.  Keep whisking until it holds the impression of the whisk momentarily.

Remove from heat and add vanilla and butter.  Fold in pineapple cover custard directly over with saran and chill.

Assembly

Spoon or pipe custard into shells and eat.  You could totally make this without the shells as well and serve in pretty bowls or glasses.

Enjoy!