Pineapple Coconut Tarts


Pineapple Coconut Tarts | From My Sweet Heart

Two bites = two words. Tropical. Paradise

A sweet tart crust….. filled with luscious coconut pastry cream….. sprinkled with chewy toasted coconut….. and topped with fresh, sweet, juicy pineapples.

Is your heart open?

This pineapple coconut tart is best made in stages because you will need to make your pastry cream first and let it sit in your refrigerator overnight.


YIELDS:  6 (3 inch tarts)

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY:  Intermediate (Easy if you are already comfortable with working with tart crust and pastry cream.)



  • 1 (13.5 ounce) can of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup of flaked coconut
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar


Pineapple Coconut Tarts | From My Sweet Heart


Heat the milk, sugar, salt and vanilla in a large saucepan over medium heat.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and cornstarch.  Add 1/2 cup of the warm milk mixture to the egg yolks whisking constantly.  Then put the egg mixture back into the milk mixture and continue to whisk until the mix becomes thick and bubbly.  At this point continue to whisk for about another 3 minutes.  Take the pan off of the heat and whisk in the butter.  Strain through a mesh sieve into a bowl.  Stir in the coconut and cover with plastic wrap, making sure the wrap touches the top of the custard to prevent a skin from forming.  Refrigerate the mixture overnight.  When you are ready to use the pastry cream, you will first make a whipped cream by whipping the 1/2 cup heavy cream with the 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar.  Stir about a half of the whipped cream into the coconut cream to loosen.  And then fold the rest of the whipped cream into the pastry cream until it is all incorporated.  This will be spooned evenly into the 6 cooled tart crusts.



  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of cake flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 7- 8 Tablespoons of heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 sticks of cold, unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt


Pineapple Coconut Tarts | From My Sweet Heart


You will need to use an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, six 3 inch tart pans with releasable bottoms, a bench scraper, rolling pin, tin foil and pie weights.

This is a relatively easy recipe and can be tossed together in the bowl of  your electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  So first mix the flours, sugar, and salt on a slow speed for about 30 seconds.  Add the cut butter cubes and continue to mix on low to medium speed for another minute more.  Add the 7 Tablespoons of cream and continue to mix until the mix looks like gravel.  This will take about a minute or two.  If after 2 minutes, it still looks like the texture of parmesan cheese, pinch a piece between your fingers.  If it falls apart, add another Tablespoon of cream.  If it holds together in a clump, continue to mix on low to medium speed for another few minutes until it comes together in a cohesive mass. Remove the dough from the mixer and form it into a ball.  Cut the ball in half with your bench scraper.  And then divide each half into 3 equal portions.  Roll out each portion to form a circle a little larger then each tart pan.  Press the dough into each tart pan and use a knife to scrape the excess dough from the top edges of the pan.  Fit a small piece of tin foil over each tart, leaving a bit of an overhang to make it easy to remove.  Fill each foiled tart with pie weights or beans to the top of each tart. Place the tarts on a baking sheet.  Bake in a 400° oven for 20 minutes.  Carefully remove the foil and beans.  Return the tarts to the oven for another 8-10 minutes, until golden brown.  Cool completely before filling.


Pineapple Coconut Tarts | From My Sweet Heart



Toast about 1 cup coconut flakes in the oven until they are golden.

Peel and core 1 large, fresh pineapple.  Cut large pieces of pineapple as shown in the pictures.

Spoon the pastry cream evenly between the tarts.  Toss some toasted coconut on top of each and layer with 4 slices of pineapple, larger pieces on the bottom and tapering a bit smaller on the top.  Garnish with a few leaves from the top of the pineapple. 

Enjoy these luscious coconut tarts and feel free to experiment and top them with other fruits as well!



Recipe adapted from Celebrating Cobblers and Pies


  1. I am flabbergasted at how beautifully you have presented these gorgeous tropical treats – thank you so much :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Anne, these are gorgeous–and I love tropically flavored desserts, particuarly as it gets warmer out.

    • Thanks so much! Loved your cabbage rolls and really looking forward to your vacation pics when you return! : )

  3. Stunning! Delicious does not quite describe what I think about this dessert. I am speechless and having one of these right now would be heaven. Have a wonderful weekend, Anne!

    • Thanks Anna….and I am drooling over your chocolate rolls with that yummy biscoff filling! So scrumptious! : )

  4. Anne… you have outdone yourself… these are simply gorgeous. I love that you did with the pineapple and the leaves… amazingly creative! I haven’t even got past admiring the garnish when I see the decadent and luscious coconut creamy tart…. I give you an A+++++++++++ for this one!! I wish I could buzz this 100x because it deserves to be on TOP 9 for the whole Foodbuzz community to admire. Well done my friend!

    • Ramona….you are too cute! Thanks….and I will gladly take the A+ from you! Your sausage, pepper and onion meatloaf is what I really want to be eating today! : )

  5. Coconut tarts and coconut cream pies are something I never turn down. Yours look so tasty, with the toasted coconut and also with the juicy pineapple on top! Awesome presentation of a delicious dessert. Have a great weekend!

    • Thanks Tina….I’m looking forward to trying your pumpkin oatmeal cookies! And I really love your concept behind them! : )

  6. Heart = open, Anne! You captivated me by describing the pastry cream as luscious! These look amazing, and even though I am not a huge fan of coconut, I am sure that I would go for these!

    • Thanks Cassie….and I know your huge heart is always open! Loved your sandwich series and especially the proscuitto/kale finale! : )

  7. Gorgeous looking sweet dessert and you have added all of my fav ingredients esp the coconut, pineapples slices and cream. I do salute your patience in peeling and preparing the pineapple. We have plenty of pineapples over here, coming from varies part of the world but I am too lazy to do what you did, I mean the peeling and the rest.

    Thumbs up all the way for this tart.

    • Thanks Nava….but looking at all your amazing recipes, especially your mee rebus….there is not a lazy bone in your body! Your blog is always such a culinary adventure to me! : )

  8. Anne! These look amazing! You are so creative :) Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy some time relaxing! I will be getting to the garden so all my veggies can start on their way!

    • Thanks Kris! Talk about creativity! Everyone…head over to Kris’ blog ..From Sugar Cookies to Peterbilts….and check out her very unique Lemon Brownies! Hope you have a great weekend in the garden! : )

  9. This is definitely the proverbial nail in my Coconut Obsession coffin. I just about fell over when I saw these. It’s like you’re reading my mind with those tarts. And the decorative pineapple flourish? World class. I need to go outside and beg my pineapple plants to fruit now.
    Gorgeous, Anne. As always.

    • Thanks Jeanne! I will add coconut to just about anything that I can! Like your tropical fruit pound cake which looks supremely delicious! : )

  10. Anne, so glad to found your blog. These little tarts look absolutely beautiful! and you are very creative.
    Cheers :)

    • Thanks ladies! I’m glad you found my blog, too because I’m now introduced to yours! It’s a wonderful site and I love your recent roasted potatoes with lemon zest! : )

  11. Anne, these are just stunning! What a perfect tropical dessert!

  12. Beautiful and delicious looking – I love how they’re so fresh, yet rich and decadent at the same time, YUM!

    • Chris…thanks so much. And your strawberry balsamic pizza with chicken, sweet onions and bacon is AMAZING!!! : )

  13. How pretty! So creative to use the actual slices as the garnish and decoration!

  14. My heart – and my mouth – is open to these stunning, stunning tartlets, Anne. Wow! Your presentation is wonderful, as are your photos. Can’t wait to try these beautiful pastries.

    • Hester…thanks so much! And your Onion and Orange Marmalade has been bumped up on my “need to make now” list! That stuff looks so luscious!!! : )

  15. Tropical paradise! Lovely!

    • Thanks Jes! And equally lovely…..your chocolate mousse peanut butter pie made with….avocados! : )

  16. Oh my! Guess who’s got coconut AND fresh pineapple in her fridge :) EXCITE!

    • LOL….of course you have these ingredients in your fridge! Your Jump, Eat, Wave post was fun. Visiting your blog is like taking a mini vacation! : )

  17. Anne, these tarts look so perfect! I love the pineapple in this. Stunning presentation, which left me drooling! In fact, I was about to enter my laptop screen for a bite of this!! :)

    • Thanks Purabi! And I LOVE your strawberry chutney….a spicy kick to a sweet summer fruit! Just beautiful. I hope everyone will stop by Purabi’s site and vote for her in the Circle of Mom’s Top 25 contest! : )

  18. One of the three pies that I make because I love it so much is a coconut cream with pineapple so I know that I would LOVE these! The luscious cream with the pineapple sounds delicious. And as always – beautifully presented and photographed! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

    • Thanks MJ! And I am glad to have found your chilled Asparagus and Garlic soup on your last post! I have been wanting to find more cold soup recipes that are not gazpacho…and yours looks fabulous! : )

  19. Just stunning Anne! They remind me of a pineapple coconut cake my nana makes!

    • Thanks Tiffany….and I’d love to be noshing on some of your spirulina energy bites right about now! : )

  20. Those are gorgeous! I love the layering of the pineapple on the top! It never occurred to me to make a coconut pastry cream – I’ve added coconut into the tart dough before which is really good. Such delicious possibilities! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day yesterday Anne!

    • Thanks Jen! And I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day, too! Your ‘last minute’ brunch ideas are really perfect for brunch anytime! : )

  21. Anne, these tarts are just fabulous! They absolutely ooze “summer” to me. I bet they would be a big hit at my neighborhood happy hours. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Georgia! And your mixed berry cobblers are just gorgeous! I love a little mini cobbler all to myself! : )

  22. I love these!!! I am going to add them to my Mouth Watering Mondays post at for next Monday. I am also following you on Facebook and would love it if you could do the same. Cheers, Tara

  23. These are calling me loud and clear! Lovely presentation and they are magazine cover ready. Excellent job dear friend!

  24. These would make for excellent individual treats to serve at a dinner. Love the presentation and flavors! :)

  25. These tarts are so creamy and beautiful! I love tropical desserts!

  26. These look so cute…. I would like one please and thank you! Why can’t anyone in my family like coconut! Seriously it would make my life so much easier if they did cause I could whip up these tarts and not feel like I have to eat them all myself. :)

  27. What a great recipe, these are absolutely gorgeous!! :)

  28. These are ADORABLE! These would be so fun at a party, pinning these!!! I keep scrolling up back to your pics, I cannot get over how cute you made them!

  29. These are gorgeous. I must make these. Like immediately. Pure genius my dear.

  30. Tropical paradise is right & heart is open!! These are over the top fabulous!! I adore anything coconut, and that second shot is just perfection! I LOVE the presentation :)

  31. Tara, Sandra, Anuradha, Catalina, Susie, Kelly, Kristina, Kim & Meghan….thank you ladies so much for your lovely comments!

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