Try this summer tart recipe before mangoes go out of season

Try this summer tart recipe before mangoes go out of season

What's a fresh summer dessert without mango?
Updated 29 Jul, 2019

I look forward to the summer for one reason alone — mangoes.

I mean let’s face it, heat and power outages are hardly to be desired, but the availability of sweet and juicy mangoes makes it all just a little bit bearable. There’s nothing quite like eating a mango out of hand, even better if someone else is willing to cut it into little cubes for you and present it in a bowl with a fork (yes, I’m lazy like that)! But there is something to be said for using the king of fruit in a special dessert which could be the centrepiece at a summer brunch or a light dessert after a heavy dinner.

The dessert I have in mind is easy on the eyes and absolutely delicious: a mango and coconut tart. It capitalises on two typically summery flavours and the tart is quite exotic while also being familiar. There are three components to the mango and coconut tart: the tart base, the coconut mousse filling and the mango topping. All are fairly simple to execute and come together to form a stunning dessert.

Mango and coconut tart



  • 142g flour
  • 85g salted butter, chilled, cut into cubes
  • 53g icing sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Almond powder 18g (if you don’t have access to almond powder, you can make your own by blanching almonds, drying them and then grinding them into a fine powder)
  • 32g eggs (to weigh your eggs, simply break them into a bowl and whisk them; then put another bowl on a weighing scale and measure out how much you need)

Round off a heavy dinner with this light dessert using the king of fruit


Put the flour, butter, icing sugar, salt and almond powder into a food processor and process until the mixture looks like sand (be careful not to over process). Add the eggs and process only until the mixture starts forming clumps. Put the clumps on a clean kitchen counter and bring together into a ball of dough. Flatten the dough into a four-inch circle, wrap it in cling film and refrigerate for at least an hour. Once the dough is chilled, preheat your oven to 160 degrees C and grease a tart pan. Remove the dough from the fridge and roll it into a large circle (the ideal size is at least two inches larger than the diameter of your tart pan). Set the dough in the pan and trim off any excess dough on the sides (this dough has no water in it, therefore, it will not shrink during baking). Use the tines of a fork to poke holes all over the base, refrigerate the unbaked tart for 15 minutes and then bake it for 20-25 minutes or until the base is a light golden brown and leaves the edges of the tart pan. Cool at room temperature and store in an air tight container. This entire process can be completed one or two days in advance.



  • 38g water
  • 40g sugar
  • 20g grated coconut (toasted) — do not use desiccated coconut in this recipe
  • 79g coconut milk
  • 10g gelatin powder (combine with a few tablespoons of cold water and refrigerate at least 10 minutes prior to starting the recipe)
  • 260g heavy cream (whipped to soft peaks)


Put the water, sugar, grated coconut and coconut milk into a saucepan and warm the mixture (don’t boil it). When the mixture is warm, put in the gelatin and whisk together to ensure that there are no lumps. Then cool the mixture down (you can do this by putting it over a cold bath, i.e. a bowl of water with ice cubes in it). Finally, fold in the whipped cream in two lots with a spatula. Put the mousse into the cooled tart base and run an offset spatula over the top to ensure that the mousse is levelled with the tart. Chill for at least two hours before putting on the mango topping.



  • 3-4 large mangoes


Slice the mangoes lengthways on all four sides and discard the stone (I don’t mean throw it away — I mean enjoy licking all the pulp off of it!). Lie each of the four pieces on the cutting board and cut into thin, long slices. Next, decorate the tart with the mangoes starting from the outer edge and working your way in. Overlap the mangoes as you work your way in to create a beautiful flower like design (refer to the picture if you need some help!).

The writer holds a diploma in pastry from Le Cordon Bleu

Originally published in Dawn, EOS, July 28th, 2019


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M. Emad Jul 28, 2019 04:52pm
Tart goes well after European (French) meal. Mango alone is good in summer.
Caitlin Jul 29, 2019 08:23pm
What size tart pan do you use? Please state the diameter and the height. Also, you wrote not to use desiccated coconut. What kind of coconut? Should I buy a whole coconut, crack it, take the meat out, peel it, slice it, toast it, chop it?
Marylou Andrew Jul 31, 2019 09:51am
@Caitlin I normally use a 20cm diameter tart ring which is an inch and a half high but you could use a larger pan as the recipe for the dough and filling are sufficient for the purpose. I would suggest using coconut flakes or if you can find a fresh coconut that would be even better!