A quickie tart…

by Sunita on October 24, 2008

I have been beaming from ear to ear, since last night, at times grinning a bit too much, like an over excited child. The reason…a successful kitchen experiment.

With the very noble aim of saving a block of fresh tofu before it’s expiry date, I decided to make a very simple, but delish recipe. And what was it- after weighing various options, I decided to make the following tofu and chocolate tart with a hint of orange, in an oats crust

now, that’s a long name, isn’t it? But each and every ingredient played it’s part. And the best bit is that it is an absolutely fuss free, and no-bake recipe and needs very little hands on time. And it is also relatively easy on the waist. There…how many more reasons does one need to whip up this yummy dessert !

Without furthur ado, let’s head straight back to the kitchen, or more specifically, to the recipe-

What’s needed-

For the crust-

3/4 C of jumbo oats
3 and 1/2 tblsp of whole wheat flour
a handful of cashewnuts, ground to the texture of coarse semolina
2 tblsp of ghee, melted together with 1 tblsp of honey

The filling-

350 gms of fresh tofu, strained
80 gms of plain chocolate, melted
grated rind of one orange

To garnish-

a handful of cashewnuts, roughly chopped
grated rind of half an orange

How to-

  1. Mix together all the ingredients for the crust. Transfer to an 8 inch pie dish and press it down the bottom and up the sides of the dish. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Whisk together the tofu and orange rind and fold in the melted chocolate. Spoon the mixture into the chilled crust. Gently press down the filling and smooth the top. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.
  3. Garnish with the chopped cashewnuts and grated orange rind.

And last, but not the least, cut into wedges and serve, and make sure it’s chilled. That’s it! See, didn’t I tell you it was a very easy recipe :-)

As mentioned earlier, we were left raving about this tart. The crust added a nice bite to the soft filling, and the light orange flavour in the filling came through beautifully too. Rengoni and Agastya had to be literally stopped before they carried on devouring it like there was no tomorrow. They have also booked their slices for today. Dinesh and myself relished it as well and it did not leave us feling to heavy. Talking about it has made me crave some too. Now, why didn’t I make a bigger one (sigh)! But, really, doesn’t it give you that extra joy when something rustled up in a hurry comes together beautifully:-)

And since we loved it so much, am sending it over to Ivy as an entry for sweet pies.

Have a great weekend !

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ivy October 24, 2008 at 10:30 am

Chocolate and orange are a perfect match. Your tart looks so good. Thanks Sunita for contributing to the Sweet Pies Event.


2 indosungod October 24, 2008 at 11:23 am

Wow that looks delicious and ofcourse beautiful as well.


3 Happy cook October 24, 2008 at 11:42 am

WOw you made the with tofu.
And it looks so yummilicious :-)


4 ttfn300 October 24, 2008 at 11:44 am

any extra? :) love this!!!


5 SMN October 24, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Nice of combo of things for the tart and no baking or cooking looks so perfect!


6 arundati October 24, 2008 at 12:51 pm

who’d have thought tofu and chocolate!! not me!! but this looks great…and no bake!! wah wah!!


7 mimi October 24, 2008 at 12:56 pm

i LOVE that you’ve used tofu and chocolate together for a tart! it looks so yummy!


8 RAKS KITCHEN October 24, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Sounds interesting and as usual great clicks!


9 Rachel October 24, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Chocolate and orange..excellent…

I always was hesistant on using tofu thinking it would result in a crumbly tart…you have provd me wrong :)


10 SweetBites October 24, 2008 at 5:39 pm

hi sunitha, just visited ur wonderful blog. wow, cho-orange is my favorite combo & i luv tofu too. in fact i luv all bout the tart coz it is healthy & delicious.

Wishing u & family a happy & joyful Diwali.


11 Divya Vikram October 24, 2008 at 5:42 pm

Choc-orange combo sounds delicious.


12 Destiny's Vegan Kitchen October 24, 2008 at 7:03 pm

Oh my gosh, that looks glorious!


13 anudivya October 24, 2008 at 7:46 pm

This looks amazing Sunita. I made something that looks like this yesterday, but has none of the ingredients you used.
Looks lovely. Bet it tasted just as good.


14 DEESHA October 24, 2008 at 7:51 pm

looks delicious


15 Mandira October 24, 2008 at 8:05 pm

sunita, this looks fabulous and you just whipped it out :)


16 Mike of Mike's Table October 24, 2008 at 8:48 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever seen tofu used in dessert form! Very interesting and it looks great


17 sunita October 24, 2008 at 9:39 pm

You’re most welcome…and yes, choclate and orange do go well together:-0

Thank you :-)

happy cook,
Yes, it’s tofu…and it was yummy indeed :-)

Sorry, all gone :-(


18 sunita October 24, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Yes, it is indeed a very simple recipe :-)

Thanks…the ingredients did go well together :-)

Thanks…we did love it indeed :-)

rak’s kitchen,
Thanks…we did think it was very yummy :-) :-)


19 sunita October 24, 2008 at 9:45 pm

Thank you :-)

Welcome to my world…and happy diwali to you too :-)

divya V,
Thanks…they do go very well together :-)

Destiny’s Vegan Kitchen,
Thanks :-)


20 sunita October 24, 2008 at 9:52 pm

Thanks…we did love the taste,especially considering the amount of effort needed :-)

Thanks :-)

Thanks :-)

Thanks…give it a try, if you want a lighter feel to your desserts…I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.


21 Uj October 24, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Looks yummy…In cooking Good food always comes in reduced quantity!


22 Tiffany October 25, 2008 at 2:58 pm

I love your blog! This is such a creative and delicious sounding recipe. I would love to make this for my husband and see whether or not he’d detect the tofu.


23 cooker October 25, 2008 at 3:08 pm

That was a great way to get rid of tofu :-) but I have to ask – did I miss something or does the wheat flour & oat mixture not have to be cooked. Is it eaten raw? Is that a stupid question ?


24 Mystic October 25, 2008 at 5:28 pm

Wow! Absolutely gorgeous. The Choco-orange combo is my fav, and using tofu is a genius. I see you have not put any sweetener in the filling. Is that intentional ?

Could you please let me know what mixer/food processor/grinder you use for your cooking (including indian). I am planning to buy and would love to have your inputs!


25 sunita October 25, 2008 at 7:29 pm

I agree :-)

Thank you…and yes do try it :-)

No question is ever stupid :-) …and nothing needs to be cooked :-)

Thank you; the absence of the sweetener in the filling is indeed intentional…we loved the mild sweetness…as for the processor,I love Sumeet :-)


26 Daily Meals October 26, 2008 at 2:37 am

Lovely tart…Like the spoon a lot…


27 Purnima October 26, 2008 at 8:05 am

Sunita, this tart looks amazing! Tofu, oats n what not! Happy Diwali to u n ur’s! (I got a glimpse of Sunita in the article printed on 12th oct! Was very happy to see you!-else it were ur pretty fingers only on your blog! :D ;) )


28 MeetaK October 26, 2008 at 2:19 pm

this loks grand sunita! love the concept of tofu here!


29 Daily Meals October 27, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Happy Diwali Sunita!


30 Shilpa October 27, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Wish you and your family a very happy Diwali Sunita.


31 Curry Leaf October 27, 2008 at 9:06 pm

Perfect match -cho + orange.Delicious entry for a delicious event


32 Anonymous October 29, 2008 at 12:22 am

Hi, This looks great! I was wondering as to which type of tofu you used: soft or firm tofu? I figure it’s soft tofu, but I wanted to make sure. can’t wait to try this =).


33 sunita October 29, 2008 at 11:45 am

daily meals,
Thanks…hope you ahd a great Diwali too :-)

Thanks…hope you and your family ahd a great Diwali too :-)

Thanks :-)

Thanks..hope you enjoyed your Diwali :-)


34 sunita October 29, 2008 at 11:49 am

cury leaf,
Thanks…we did love it a lot :-)

Yes, it is indeed soft tofu :-)


35 Coffee and Vanilla October 30, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Hey, long time!! :)
Your tofu tart looks amazing, never thought of using tofu in sweet dish… great idea.
Thank you, I like your new look as well, haven’t visited for ages.

Have a nice day, Margot


36 Jude October 31, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Looks amazing. I love your tart pan. And the tart itself, of course.


37 Sunshinemom November 3, 2008 at 2:06 pm

The tart has come out so well! Thanks for the recipe:)


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