With Valentine's Day right around the corner, my mind wanders off to imaginary places with chocolate flowing from streams and into cascading waterfalls over lush, green hills and valleys with bright, pink wildflowers speckled throughout the landscape . I have to wonder if somewhere along the line, the translation for the Hebrew words meaning 'milk and honey' in the bible got messed up, and God really said the Promise Land was the land flowing with 'chocolate'? That sounds like heaven to me :)
There is no other food I can think of that goes better with chocolate than strawberries. So, to celebrate one of my favorite days of the year, I experimented a little and came up with this beauty.
Buy your strawberries organic, I promise you won't be disappointed...they taste like candy!! God didn't mean for us to have to create fake treats with processed sugar. He wanted us to enjoy sugar the way He gave it us to enjoy in untainted fruits free from pesticides and genetic tampering. Organic strawberries are a pure indulgence all on their own...they don't even need the chocolate!
Even when it's not Valentine's Day, I can't help but look at a strawberry and think of pink and red with white heart shaped doilies.
If you're looking for a healthier way to celebrate this year with your special someone....you have got to make this!! It's so good, I had to stop myself from "taste testing" before there was nothing left for pictures!!
It's loaded with rich, organic, high-cacao-content chocolate offering lots of nutrients and antioxidants. Studded with Vitamin C, folate and potassium loaded strawberries and accented with heart-healthy, immune-boasting whipped coconut milk....this recipe is an indulgance not to be missed!
STRAWBERRY STUDDED CHOCOLATE TART RECIPE
3/4 c. Fresh Milled Wheat Flour (organic, hard white berry wheat)
1/3 c. Cacao Powder (organic, use the highest cacao % you can find, sub with dark choclate cocoa if unavailable)
1/2 c. Sucanat
1/4 c. Butter (organic), melted and cooled
1 Egg (free range, organic)
1 1/2 c. High Cacao Content Chocolate Chips (organic, I used 70%)
3/4 c. Heavy Cream (organic, raw is even better if you can find it)
9 Strawberries (organic), halved
1 can Organic Coconut Milk, refrigerated overnight
1 Tbsp Raw, Local Honey
2 Tbsp Cacao Powder (same as crust)
Preheat oven to 350
Mix together all ingredients for the crust. Press crust down into a pie or tart pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
In bowl, microwave chocolate chips and heavy cream for 1 1/2 minutes stopping the microwave in 30 second intervals to mix.
Pour thoroughly mixed chocolate/cream mixture over the crust after it is removed from the oven. Press strawberry halves down into the warm chocolate mixture leaving them partly visible. Let cool for 2 hours in refrigerator.
Open can of coconut milk, remove solidified portion from the top leaving the liquid behind. Whip on high speed with honey. Gradually add cacao powder on slow speed being careful to incorporate well before returning to a high speed. Pipe whipped topping border around tart. Enjoy!!
What are some of your favorite Valetine's recipes?