Any coconut lover will have a hard time resisting a Belizean coconut tart!
Belizean coconut tarts are often made to be sold for a little extra money. Why? Because they sell fast; word has gotten out they are a small decadent treat. At your average gas station, you might see a few in a case next to the register, likewise, they are often sold at fundraisers or as a side business.
Making Coconut Tarts:
For the correct coconut tart look, use a tart pan: this is a pan very similar to a muffin tin, but the edge is crinkled, and the cups are a little shallower. In a pinch, a muffin tin works well too!
The most time consuming part of making these tarts is cracking and grating the coconut. Check out our coconut-cracking tips here! Other then that, it is a fairly simple recipe with simple ingredients!
Tips for the lactose-free:
If you, like us, have someone in your house that is allergic to lactose, you are often avoiding recipes that use sweetened condensed milk. There are two replacements for sweetened condensed milk that we have discovered:
- Sweetened condensed coconut milk or sweetened condensed soy milk: The coconut version can often be purchased at a thai grocery, asian grocery store, or large supermarket with an asian section. The soy version can be found in the vegan section of large groceries. Amazon also sells both these products, although they are more expensive than the same thing from the supermarket. This may only be an option for lactose-free-Belizean coconut tart lovers in large cities in the US/Canada… let us know what you find!
- Caramelizing your own coconut milk: Pour coconut milk (about 1.5-2 cups) into a sauce pan over high heat stirring constantly with a whisk. As coconut milk begins to caramelize, add brown sugar (.5 – 1 cups) and continue to stir. This caramelized coconut milk works a little differently once baked in the filling, and is browner in color, but is still delicious.
For this recipe, we found sweetened condensed coconut milk to be an amazing substitute, almost identical to using normal sweetened condensed milk!