Tropical Fruit Coconut Tart & A Giveaway

Tropical fruit coconut tart - crisp coconut pastry filled with coconut creme patissiere & tropical fruits

We have had some truly glorious weather recently (interspersed between some very wet and miserable days…); as I write this I am overlooking our back garden, which is beautifully warm and sunny, aaand horrifically overgrown…all the plants have had a sudden growth spurt and it is getting towards the point where even the dog can’t venture out any further than the patio due to the height of the weeds (he is only small). It needs some serious work doing to it; not just weeding, but leveling, digging out a couple of trees, extending the patio, laying a path, building vegetable beds, mending the fences etc. etc. I thought about starting work on it the other day, but I just couldn’t face it so baked this tropical fruit coconut tart instead which was a much more satisfying use of my time.

Tropical fruit coconut tart - crispy coconut pastry filled with coconut pastry cream, mango, pineapple, kiwi & passion fruit

With the warm, sunny weather I had been craving tropical fruits, and what better way to use them than by pairing them with crisp, coconut pastry and creamy coconut milk creme patissiere? To make the coconut pastry tart base I added some coconut flour to my pastry, which not only adds a touch of coconut flavour but also makes for an extremely crisp, crunchy pastry (scroll down to the bottom of the post for a chance to win some coconut flour and other goodies). You can use desiccated coconut in place of the coconut flour if you prefer, though bear in mind that you will probably need to add less water to the pastry to bind it together (coconut flour is very absorbent); just add the water a spoonful at a time until the pastry comes together.

Tropical fruit coconut tart - coconut pastry shell filled with coconut milk pastry cream and tropical fruits

The coconut creme patissiere is made in exactly the same way as regular pastry cream, except that I used coconut milk in place of the usual dairy milk; it is perfectly smooth, creamy and coconutty. I topped the tart with pieces of mango, pineapple and kiwi (which I cut into star shapes using a pastry cutter – this is totally not necessary) and some passion fruit. I decided that the tart looked too yellow so scattered over some freeze dried raspberry pieces as I didn’t have any fresh raspberries but again this is not really necessary and was purely for decoration rather than taste (although some fresh raspberries on there would be tasty). The combination of delicious fresh tropical fruit, creamy coconut creme patissiere and perfectly crispy pastry is utterly divine and this tart is the perfect dessert to serve on a warm sunny day, and so much more rewarding than gardening…

Tropical fruit coconut tart - cripsy coconut pastry shell filled with coconut milk creme patissiere and tropical fruits

Tropical Fruit Coconut Tart
Serves 8
Coconut Pastry Cream:
  • 400ml can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 40g (1/3 cup) cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
Coconut Pastry:
  • 200g (1 + ⅔ cup) plain flour
  • 30g (1oz) coconut flour
  • 30g (1/3 cup) icing sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 100g (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 3-5 tbsp ice water
To Finish:
  • 1 large, ripe but firm mango, diced
  • ½ small ripe pineapple, diced
  • 3 kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 2 passion fruit
  • raspberries/freeze dried raspberries
Pastry Cream:
  1. Place the coconut milk in a heavy bottomed saucepan and heat until almost boiling. Meanwhile, whisk together the egg, yolks, cornflour, sugar and vanilla extract in a heat-proof bowl until smooth.
  2. Gradually pour the coconut milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly then return the mixture to the saucepan over a medium heat. Whisk constantly until the mixture thickens and comes up to the boil; continue to cook for a couple more minutes while whisking to cook out the flour then pour into a clean bowl, cover with clingfilm directly on the surface then refrigerate till cold (or overnight).
Coconut Pastry:
  1. Place the plain flour, coconut flour, icing sugar, salt and butter in a food processor and blitz until it resembles sand. With the motor running, gradually add the ice water until it comes together into a ball. Shape the pastry into a disc, wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
  2. Roll out the chilled pastry thinly on a lightly floured surface and use to line a 25cm tart tin, trim off the excess, prick the base with a fork and place the pastry case in the freezer for 15 minutes while you pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.
  3. Line the tart case with greaseproof paper or a double layer of good quality clingfilm, going right into the corners, edges and up the sides then fill with baking beans or dried rice making sure that the sides are propped up.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes then remove the paper and beans, reduce the oven temperature to 170C/325F/gas mark 3 and return the tart case to the oven for about 15 minutes more, or until golden and crisp. If the edges start to colour before the middle is done then you can cover them with strips of tin foil.
  5. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes then remove the tart case from the tin, transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. If you are making the case the day before serving the tart then keep in an airtight container once cool.
To Assemble:
  1. Place the tart case on a serving platter. Beat the coconut pastry cream with a wooden spoon until smooth then spread evenly over the tart base. Scatter over the mango, pineapple and kiwi then drizzle with the passion fruit. Top with fresh or freeze dried raspberries. Best eaten on the same day as it is assembled. Keep refrigerated.

Tropical fruit coconut tart - crisp coconut pastry filled with coconut milk creme patissiere, mango, pineapple, kiwi & passion fruit

Link up your recipe of the week

The coconut flour I used is by Goodyfull, who provide a subscription service for healthy ingredients; they are very kindly giving away 100g each of coconut flour, cacao powder and chia seeds to THREE lucky winners, just enter using the widget below for your chance to win. Goodyfull are also running an event on the 11th June in Birmingham on nutrition, exercise and overall well-being, which is aimed at people who are just starting their journey or have been on it for a while and need some guidance; if you fancy attending then you can find the details here.

goodyfull productsGoodyfull Coconut Flour, Chia Seeds & Cacao Powder Giveaway:

– Three winners will receive the following: 100g each of coconut flour, chia seeds & cacao powder

– The giveaway open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. 

– The giveaway ends on the 5th of June 2016 at 11:59:59 PM.

– Entries using an automated process or software to create bulk entries will be disqualified.

– The winner will be randomly selected, announced in the Gleam giveaway box and contacted via their provided e-mail address shortly afterwards. Please claim your prize within 4 days of being notified.

More competitions at The PrizeFinder

Goodyfull Coconut Flour, Cacao Powder & Chia Seeds Giveaway

117 Comments on Tropical Fruit Coconut Tart & A Giveaway

  1. Sumayya Patel
    May 13, 2016 at 9:32 am (6 months ago)

    Hannah, this looks so good – and as it’s sunny today in London it is apt timing! I have issues with wheat – could this work with GF flour?

    Also, can you post more wheat-free, GF recipes, pretty please?

    • hannahhossack
      May 24, 2016 at 9:35 am (5 months ago)

      Hi Sumayya, apologies for the slow reply, I’ve been having some website troubles so have been unable to log in. Do you have a favourite GF pastry recipe? If so I would swap the pastry with that as I’m not sure how well GF flour would work with the coconut flour without testing it; the pastry cream is GF already so no tweaks are needed there. Unfortunately as neither I nor my partner follow a GF diet, and the recipes that I post are what I make for us to eat, any GF recipes that I post occur “by accident” so to speak, or because I am working with a specific product.

      • Sumayya Patel
        May 24, 2016 at 11:04 am (5 months ago)

        Hi Hannah, thanks for replying.

        I have not made (GF) pastry before so no favourite recipes – however, I’ll keep a look out for any GF recipes you post or anything that looks GF adaptable without waste.

  2. Paula Barker
    May 13, 2016 at 12:26 pm (6 months ago)

    I love a handful of almonds

  3. Claire D
    May 13, 2016 at 5:07 pm (6 months ago)

    Fruit and natural yoghurt

  4. laura stewart
    May 13, 2016 at 5:59 pm (6 months ago)

    i like a good corner yoghurt xx

  5. Kevin000
    May 13, 2016 at 6:42 pm (6 months ago)

    At this time of the year it’s pears

  6. Nicky G
    May 13, 2016 at 7:59 pm (6 months ago)

    That looks beautiful. Love the combination of coconut and mango. Does it need to be eaten straightaway? I’m guessing yes.

    • hannahhossack
      May 24, 2016 at 9:26 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks Nicky 🙂 Yes, ideally it needs to be eaten on the day it is assembled, it still tastes good the next day (keep refrigerated) and the pastry remains quite crisp but it doesn’t look as pretty

  7. Miranda
    May 13, 2016 at 10:08 pm (6 months ago)

    Fresh blueberries and raspberries!

  8. Heather Haigh
    May 13, 2016 at 11:55 pm (6 months ago)

    I like flax crackers with hummus or some raw chocolate.

  9. Debby
    May 14, 2016 at 1:58 am (6 months ago)

    I love nuts and eat a handful or so every day – varying them, or I have a pot of mixed nuts, dried fruits and seeds that I pick out of. I the summer I have a box in the fridge of salad, and in the winter, winter salad. I also eat a lot of fruit and am quite greedy with my favourites, like cherries & berries – fingers crossed.

  10. Dee
    May 14, 2016 at 6:23 am (6 months ago)

    I love dehydrated pineapple.

  11. Amanda
    May 14, 2016 at 6:32 am (6 months ago)

    Crackers and healthy cheese

  12. Ray Dodds
    May 14, 2016 at 7:27 am (6 months ago)

    Almonds and raisins

  13. Holly Gibson
    May 14, 2016 at 7:46 am (6 months ago)

    I’m going to be traditional and say fresh fruit. I love trying new snacks but my favourite is some fresh, exotic fruit

  14. amy bondoc
    May 14, 2016 at 10:59 am (6 months ago)

    i just love almonds or walnuts as a healthy snack

  15. Vivien Taylor
    May 14, 2016 at 11:00 am (6 months ago)

    Look forward to some 90% Chocolate

  16. Karen R
    May 14, 2016 at 11:07 am (6 months ago)

    I do like a handful of almonds 🙂

  17. Kali filsell
    May 14, 2016 at 11:30 am (6 months ago)

    I love a CoYo yoghurt they are so nice

  18. Kali filsell
    May 14, 2016 at 11:31 am (6 months ago)

    I love CoYo yoghurts they are so nice

  19. Alix Smith
    May 14, 2016 at 3:11 pm (6 months ago)

    Coconut flour banana muffins – so yummy!

  20. Nora K
    May 14, 2016 at 3:16 pm (6 months ago)

    Hot chocolate made with raw Cacao powder and Almond milk (sweetened with honey or date syrup).

  21. Hazel Rea
    May 14, 2016 at 5:09 pm (6 months ago)

    85% dark chocolate – full of antioxidants and so delicious and satisfying you don’t need much of it.

  22. Suzanne Drummond
    May 14, 2016 at 5:30 pm (6 months ago)

    fresh fruit plums pear bananas and mango

  23. Helen Hodgson
    May 14, 2016 at 7:33 pm (6 months ago)

    Mixed nuts

  24. Leah Wheatley
    May 14, 2016 at 7:33 pm (6 months ago)

    Porridge is my all time healthy food

  25. LP
    May 14, 2016 at 7:36 pm (6 months ago)

    Greek yoghurt

  26. Martina Pichova
    May 14, 2016 at 7:49 pm (6 months ago)

    I love dried fruit and nut mixes.

  27. Kim M
    May 14, 2016 at 10:03 pm (6 months ago)

    Love dates and cashews

  28. Ruth Harwood
    May 15, 2016 at 7:44 am (6 months ago)

    I do love a few grapes xx

  29. Katie Kingsbury
    May 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm (6 months ago)

    Homemade kale crisps (sea salt and balsamic vinegar) – so tasty and incredibly moreish.

  30. helen tovell
    May 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm (6 months ago)


  31. pete c
    May 15, 2016 at 4:49 pm (6 months ago)

    banana muesli breakfast bars

  32. Katie b
    May 15, 2016 at 6:13 pm (6 months ago)

    Humous, homemade banana bread!

  33. Jo Carroll
    May 15, 2016 at 6:50 pm (6 months ago)

    I tend to go for nutty snacks or yoghurt.

  34. LISA
    May 15, 2016 at 7:38 pm (6 months ago)

    Wow this looks good. My favourite healthy snack is fresh fruit.

  35. rebecca nisbet
    May 15, 2016 at 9:07 pm (6 months ago)

    i do like pecan nuts

  36. Solange
    May 16, 2016 at 3:16 am (6 months ago)

    Natural yoghurt

  37. Eva Vida
    May 16, 2016 at 1:58 pm (5 months ago)

    baked corn on the cob with garlic butter

    May 16, 2016 at 4:31 pm (5 months ago)

    I love fresh coconut

  39. christine szlobodnik
    May 16, 2016 at 11:37 pm (5 months ago)

    I love granola yoghurts 🙂 xo

  40. Victoria U
    May 17, 2016 at 1:55 pm (5 months ago)


  41. Corinne Peat
    May 17, 2016 at 7:37 pm (5 months ago)

    I love grapes

  42. Sumayya Patel
    May 24, 2016 at 11:05 am (5 months ago)

    Hi Hannah, is there anywhere in London/UK you recommend for buying freeze dried fruit?

    • hannahhossack
      May 25, 2016 at 6:07 pm (5 months ago)

      Hi Sumayya, most major supermarkets sell freeze dried raspberry pieces in the cake decorating section, anything else you have to order online unfortunately 🙁

  43. barbara daniels
    May 24, 2016 at 2:49 pm (5 months ago)

    dried bananas

  44. Rachel Butterworth
    May 24, 2016 at 8:36 pm (5 months ago)

    Almonds or banana chips.

  45. Debbie burfoot
    May 25, 2016 at 6:13 pm (5 months ago)

    Love Greek yoghurt with strawberries

  46. Lydia Frew
    May 26, 2016 at 7:15 pm (5 months ago)

    Banana and Cherry Smush. At least that’s what we call it. It’s just frozen bananas and cherries whizzed up in the food processor with a bit of home made almond butter. It’s like ice cream!

  47. Alyssa Powers
    May 27, 2016 at 11:39 am (5 months ago)

    This looks so beautiful! I love the kwikis cut into stars on top. With all the warm weather we’ve just started getting here in Boston, I’m looking forward to making this for my memorial day gathering. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  48. Jessica Pickering
    May 27, 2016 at 5:06 pm (5 months ago)

    My favourite healthy snack has to be a small handful of cashew nuts, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries!

  49. Pam Francis Gregory
    May 28, 2016 at 5:14 pm (5 months ago)

    A little bit of melon

  50. carole n
    May 29, 2016 at 1:13 pm (5 months ago)

    i like all types of fresh fruit especially mangos

  51. isobelle forde
    May 30, 2016 at 7:21 am (5 months ago)

    buckwheat pancakes with fresh fruit!

  52. Michelle O'Neill
    May 30, 2016 at 6:02 pm (5 months ago)

    bananas x

  53. jo liddement
    May 31, 2016 at 3:49 pm (5 months ago)

    I love making and eating raw brownies made with dates

  54. jessica catherine
    May 31, 2016 at 4:59 pm (5 months ago)

    frozen grapes

  55. Lynn savage
    June 1, 2016 at 4:52 pm (5 months ago)

    I like to mash a banana and mix with a little peanut butter then spread on a rice cake, and in the summer i make my own all fruit lolly’s

  56. Tiffeny Brown
    June 1, 2016 at 8:55 pm (5 months ago)

    My fave healthy treat is a nom cacao and raspberry bar 🙂

  57. helen newton
    June 2, 2016 at 7:55 am (5 months ago)

    I love Coconut water but it is so expensive only have now and again for a treat 🙂

  58. Sharon Maplesden
    June 2, 2016 at 3:54 pm (5 months ago)

    Wow, this looks amazing and sounds absolutely delicious I love anything and everything with coconut in it, and fruit! Would so love to be able to recreate your Tropical Fruit Coconut Tart!!! Thank you so much for the chance xXx

  59. Krzysia
    June 2, 2016 at 3:59 pm (5 months ago)

    Raw chocolate truffles made with cacao powder, dates and nuts 🙂 x

  60. Lisa Wilkinson
    June 2, 2016 at 8:57 pm (5 months ago)


  61. Sheila Sloan
    June 3, 2016 at 1:22 am (5 months ago)

    Hummus dip

  62. Vicky Hawkins
    June 3, 2016 at 2:49 pm (5 months ago)

    coconut pieces

  63. Heidi Brown
    June 3, 2016 at 3:54 pm (5 months ago)

    For Breakfast – Chia Pudding!

  64. Sheri Darby
    June 3, 2016 at 6:19 pm (5 months ago)

    All sorts of nuts

  65. Gnei Usama
    June 3, 2016 at 6:41 pm (5 months ago)

    Pieces of pineapples, mangos, bananas and Coconut flakes mixed together in fresh cream. If you like it more sweeter mix a bit condensed milk with that, it will be heavenly.
    By the way I like the tart recipe and planning to try it soon. Thank you.

    June 3, 2016 at 7:20 pm (5 months ago)

    Like Kiwi fruit, when I’m lazy I will have some Pringles, I need training

  67. Vickie Jackson
    June 4, 2016 at 5:35 am (5 months ago)

    I love fresh blueberries and raspberries….. That’s if my 4 year old hasn’t eaten them already. I call her my little fruit bat!!

  68. Lauren Old
    June 4, 2016 at 8:45 am (5 months ago)

    I really like 9Bars!

  69. Natasha R-M
    June 4, 2016 at 8:57 am (5 months ago)

    I am a big fan of olives.

  70. joanne casey
    June 4, 2016 at 9:13 am (5 months ago)

    roasted Brussels Sprouts, sound yuk but are delivcious

  71. MichelleD
    June 4, 2016 at 9:14 am (5 months ago)


  72. Lou Midd
    June 4, 2016 at 12:08 pm (5 months ago)

    I enjoy organic brazil nuts as a treat or homemade yogurt with fruit

  73. Rachel Low
    June 4, 2016 at 12:24 pm (5 months ago)

    Almonds, Hummus, and berries! Thanks xx

  74. Maggie Ali
    June 4, 2016 at 1:01 pm (5 months ago)

    I love dried fruit and almonds 🙂 yum

  75. Gemma Massey
    June 4, 2016 at 2:12 pm (5 months ago)


  76. Alison Macdonald
    June 4, 2016 at 2:16 pm (5 months ago)

    Love a fresh fruit salad 😉

  77. Sheila Reeves
    June 4, 2016 at 4:34 pm (5 months ago)

    Hoummus and carrot sticks, love the stuff

  78. Leanne joy
    June 4, 2016 at 5:03 pm (5 months ago)

    Avocado with crispbread

  79. Adrian Bold
    June 4, 2016 at 5:23 pm (5 months ago)

    Fruit Salads are great, but I love grazing on nuts and carrots / fruit.

  80. Miss Tracy Hanson
    June 4, 2016 at 6:06 pm (5 months ago)

    Do like dried fruit 🙂

  81. Sue Dorking
    June 4, 2016 at 6:59 pm (5 months ago)

    love dried apricots

  82. Victoria Prince
    June 4, 2016 at 7:13 pm (5 months ago)

    At the moment for me it’s Almonds or Brazil Nuts 🙂

  83. Kirsten Barthy
    June 4, 2016 at 7:42 pm (5 months ago)

    I love almond nods or walnuts

  84. Nancy Bradford
    June 4, 2016 at 7:55 pm (5 months ago)

    Cheesecake using soya cream cheese (when it can be found).

  85. olivia Kirby
    June 4, 2016 at 7:56 pm (5 months ago)

    Brazil nuts and dried apricots

  86. Eleanor Wigmore
    June 4, 2016 at 8:42 pm (5 months ago)

    I love almonds. Actually all nuts.

  87. Debra Winfield
    June 4, 2016 at 9:28 pm (5 months ago)

    Home made Humous & home made Pesto with vegetable sticks..yummm

  88. Gilla01
    June 4, 2016 at 9:45 pm (5 months ago)

    Fresh fruit – especially blueberries and watermelon.

  89. Diana
    June 4, 2016 at 9:47 pm (5 months ago)

    I love blueberries 🙂

    June 4, 2016 at 10:28 pm (5 months ago)

    Bananas! x

  91. Natalie Gillham
    June 5, 2016 at 12:35 am (5 months ago)

    I love fresh pineapple, although sadly I often regret eating it as it gives me indigestion x

  92. Emma Beckett
    June 5, 2016 at 1:28 am (5 months ago)

    Nuts for me

  93. Emma h
    June 5, 2016 at 5:45 am (5 months ago)

    I love to snack on mango or blueberries as my healthy snack

  94. kim neville
    June 5, 2016 at 6:28 am (5 months ago)

    Strawberries and blueberries

    June 5, 2016 at 8:37 am (5 months ago)


  96. Emma carrington
    June 5, 2016 at 9:25 am (5 months ago)


  97. Laura Harrison
    June 5, 2016 at 10:57 am (5 months ago)

    Strawberries and raspberries xx

  98. Lucy Chester
    June 5, 2016 at 11:49 am (5 months ago)

    I love a handful of nuts as a healthy treat

  99. Kelly L
    June 5, 2016 at 12:49 pm (5 months ago)

    I really enjoy smoothie bowls!

  100. Name*
    June 5, 2016 at 3:16 pm (5 months ago)

    A selection of berries x

  101. Fiona jk42
    June 5, 2016 at 3:37 pm (5 months ago)

    I like banana mashed up with coconut milk powder, sounds a bit unusual but I think it’s yummy

  102. Emily Fowler
    June 5, 2016 at 4:07 pm (5 months ago)

    Fruit (especially summer berries!) is my favourite healthier treat.

  103. Kat Glynn
    June 5, 2016 at 6:18 pm (5 months ago)

    I love fruit, especially fruit salad 🙂

  104. Kelly Martin
    June 5, 2016 at 7:10 pm (5 months ago)

    I’m on a Pcos friendly diet so my favourite treats (as I’m gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free) is a lovely chocolate cake I make with almond flour, dates and other healthier goodies. It’s a treat though, not an everyday thing, to keep insulin and blood sugar balanced.

  105. Laura Tonks
    June 5, 2016 at 8:02 pm (5 months ago)

    I love my homemade healthy flapjacks, packed with fruits, nuts and seeds 😀

  106. Anne Alexis O
    June 5, 2016 at 8:53 pm (5 months ago)

    Frozen yogurt…delicious for beating sweet tooth cravings!!

  107. Karl Borowy
    June 5, 2016 at 8:58 pm (5 months ago)


  108. Natalie Crossan
    June 5, 2016 at 9:46 pm (5 months ago)


    June 5, 2016 at 9:51 pm (5 months ago)

    I love fresh coconut and like to nibble chunks


Leave a Reply