Gluten-Free Coconut Turmeric Tart

20171019 WEB16115


Base & Topping

  • 1¼ cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ½ cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg white
  • A pinch of table salt
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric


  • 2 x 375ml cans unsweetened coconut milk
  • 16 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 2 x 7-10cm cinnamon sticks, lightly crushed
  • 1 x 2cm piece ginger, peeled, finely grated
  • A large pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons plus ½ teaspoon ground turmeric, divided
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup plus 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup, divided
  • 3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil

Crust and Topping

  • Preheat oven to 180°. Process shredded coconut, almonds, oats, and brown sugar in a food processor until very finely chopped, about 2 minutes. Add egg white and salt and pulse until dough begins to form a ball. Using damp fingers, press dough into bottom and 1″ up sides of pie pan; smooth with a flat-bottomed measuring cup.

  • Bake crust until evenly browned and toasty-smelling, 20–25 minutes. Let cool.

  • Meanwhile, toss coconut flakes, maple syrup, and turmeric on a small rimmed baking sheet until coated. Bake coconut topping until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Let cool.


  • Bring coconut milk, cardamom, cinnamon sticks, ginger, pepper, and 1½ tsp. turmeric to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat, cover, and let infuse 20 minutes.

  • Combine egg yolks, cornstarch, salt, and ½ cup maple syrup in a large bowl. Whisk until very smooth. Stir together remaining ½ tsp. turmeric and 1 tsp. maple syrup in a small bowl; set aside.

  • Whisking constantly, strain infused coconut milk through a fine-mesh sieve into egg yolk mixture; discard solids. Return custard to saucepan. Heat over medium and cook, whisking constantly, until custard is thick and bubbling, 3–4 minutes. Remove from heat and, working quickly, add coconut oil and stir until smooth. Immediately pour custard into crust, filling as high as the crust allows without spilling over. Drizzle maple-turmeric syrup over and swirl decoratively by dragging the handle of a small spoon or chopstick through filling several times.

  • Press a large piece of plastic wrap onto surface of pie and cool until set, at least 2 hours. Top with coconut flake mixture before serving.

    Recipe courtesy of Bon Appetite.