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peppermint crisp tart

Peppermint Crisp Stack

BY Illanique Van Aswegen

Traditional peppermint crisp is probably one of the easiest and tastiest desserts we make in South Africa.

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  • Prep Time : 45 mins |
  • Cook Time : 15 mins
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Coconut Biscuits
100 g salted butter, softened
1 C (250 ml / 100 g) coconut flour + extra for rolling out
½ C (125 ml / 50 g) ground almonds
½ C (125 ml / 90 g) xylitol granules
seeds from ½ vanilla pod
½ C (125 ml / 40 g) desiccated coconut
1 large egg

Mint Sugar
2 tsp (10 ml) xylitol granules
2 Tbsp (30 ml) raw macadamia nuts
20 mint leaves

Caramel
150 g salted butter, cubed
½ C (125 ml / 90 g) xylitol granules
¾ C (180 ml) cream
seeds from ½ vanilla pod

Extra Toppings
1½ C (375 ml) cream, whipped
¼ C (60 ml / 40 g) cocoa nibs or 90% dark chocolate, finely chopped
mint leaves, to garnish (optional)

Coconut Biscuits
Preheat the oven to 180 °C.
Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. Turn the mixture out onto a surface sprinkled with a little extra coconut flour. Gently roll the dough out to a thickness of about 1 cm. Using a 7 cm diameter cookie cutter, cut out 12 circles and using a lifter, place onto the lined baking tray. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden.

Mint Sugar
Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until fine.

Caramel
Melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add the xylitol and whisk until melted. Bring up to a boil and allow to bubble away for 2-3 minutes until golden in colour. Pour in the cream and vanilla seeds and cook for 1 minute. Whisk constantly and keep an eye on the mixture as it will brown very quickly.

To Assemble the Dessert
Place a biscuit on each serving plate, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with mint sugar and cocoa nibs. Repeat with a second and third layer. Drizzle the warm caramel sauce (*see tip) over the desserts or serve on the side. Garnish with mint leaves (optional).

Tip: Due to the use of xylitol the caramel sauce crystalises very quickly if not served warm. If it does sit for a while and crystalises, you can remedy this by reheating it in the microwave for a few seconds until warm, add a splash of cream and whisk vigorously until smooth.