Well its my Birthday Week this week so I thought I would make an extra special treat! I had one of my lovely sisters helping me too, bonus!
Just as I love Mint & Chocolate, I’m also a sucker for Orange & Chocolate so what better flavoured tart to make than Chocolate and Orange Curd! Yummm and its also free of Refined Sugar, Gluten and if you sub the Butter for Coconut Oil, Dairy Free!
First up for the base:
12 Dates soaked in Hot Water for 10 minutes, reserve 1 tsp of the Soaking Water
1 Cup Ground Almonds
1 1/2 Tbsp Dark Cocoa or Cacao Powder
Simply throw all your ingredients into a Mini Chopper or Food Processor and blitz until well combined, you don’t want any huge chunks of date!
Then press your mixture into a Medium size Tart Tin and pop in the freezer while you make the Orange Curd!
For the Orange Curd you will need:
1 1/2 Heaped Tbsp Local Organic Honey
Zest of 1 Orange
1/2 Cup Squeezed Orange Juice (I used 2 Large Juicy Oranges)
4 Free Range Eggs
A Couple of Drops or Natural Orange Essence (optional)
1 Orange Slice (optional)
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt together your Butter and Honey and put aside until cool. Whisk in your Orange Juice, Zest and Eggs and return to low heat. Continue whisking until suddenly your Curd will thicken up! It may seem like its not working but it will! We were whisking for a good 10 minutes then all of a sudden it thickened!
At this point you can have a taste and add a couple of drops of essence if you wish. Pour over your frozen base and return to the freezer, after about 45 minutes it should be safe to top with an orange slice if you wish (you don’t want it to sink!) Return it back to the Freezer to set.
After you have removed it from the tin you can serve it Frozen or Thawed the choice is yours!