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An easy summer dessert that tastes like a creamsicle popsicle! A gluten-free, grain-free shortbread crust filled with a layer of vanilla coconut cream topped with a cara orange citrus layer. Garnish with vegan, dairy-free whipped cream and fresh orange slices!
This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Summer Citrus from South Africa. The opinions and text are all mine.
If you could slice up summer and serve it on a plate, I imagine it would taste just like this Summer Creamsicle Tart. It’s light, it’s refreshing… it brings back nostalgic childhood memories of hot summer days filled with creamsicle popsicles.
Despite how “fancy” it might look, this citrus tart might just be one of the easiest dessert recipes on my blog! Mini popsicle molded custard optional 😉
So, let’s talk about how the timeless creamsicle flavor snuck its way into my summer citrus tart. When I went to the store to buy Summer Citrus From South Africa oranges, I didn’t have the idea to do a creamsicle tart in mind. According to the poll I took in my Instagram stories, I knew that you guys wanted a citrus tart of some kind, so that’s what I set out to do. So I grabbed a bag of Summer Citrus Navel Oranges and headed home.
And the recipe development process began. All-in-all, it turned out amazing! However, the color wasn’t very creamsicle-y. I could have posted it and called it a creamsicle tart anyway, but my perfectionist self was telling me to redo it. So I headed back to the store (wearing my mask of course) and I excitedly discovered the most lush cara cara oranges from Summer Citrus From South Africa. Score!
Cara cara oranges are the perfect choice for this Summer Creamsicle Tart for a few reasons. For one, they have a pinkish tone which makes this tart the more traditional creamsicle color you might be used to. WIN. Two, my love for pastels runs deep y’all, and cara cara oranges pretty much define this soothing color palette- so it’s kind of a match made in heaven. And three, they are a bit sweeter than navel oranges, and although you can certainly use navel oranges in this tart recipe, I think the cara cara oranges only elevates this tart to a new level.
I already nailed the shortbread crust from my “Twix” Tart and Vanilla Bean Custard Tart recipes and I knew it would pair so well with the citrus, so that was a no brainer. Now, the key to making your tart crust look clean with crisp edges is to press the sides of the tart in first, and then press the bottom of the crust in the tart pan. Things I didn’t know prior to making this tart… #ameteurbakerhere Totally an ah-ha moment, and I think it makes a huge difference, so I definitely wanted to share it with you too 🙂
Then you’ll just want to make sure you press it down with the back of the spoon so it doesn’t all flake apart when you remove it from the tart pan, like this.
Unlike maybe more traditional creamsicle desserts, this tart is naturally sweetened from the Cara cara oranges and agave/maple syrup. It’s not so sugary that you’re searching for water after you enjoy a slice but sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s definitely a dessert that you can enjoy without guilt, and share with your kids knowing it’s the real thing, nothing fake here!
The filling has a panna cotta-esque texture made vegan with agar agar powder instead of gelatin. Both layers are simple to make, you simply heat the coconut milk in a saucepan over high heat with the other ingredients until it boils and pour into your crust. Then chill it for about an hour. Then you’ll repeat the process and make the cara cara orange layer.
There are few ways you can juice your oranges too. My suggestion is to peel and blend your oranges and then strain through a sieve or nut milk bag or you could juice them with a handheld juicer (**note: you might get less juice this way so you may need another orange or two to get one and a half cups worth of orange juice).
The whipped cream is totally optional but I think it adds just the right finishing touch. It’s also made with coconut milk, but there is some powdered sugar in there. If you’d like, you can switch it out with some maple syrup, but I haven’t tried it that way so I don’t know if it will be pipeable. Or you could just slather the whipped cream over top too!
So next time you’re at the store, keep your eyes open for Summer Citrus From South Africa Cara Cara Oranges! I hope this Summer Creamsicle Tart tickles your tastebuds and puts a smile on your face! I’d love to see all your gorgeous tart recreations so be sure to tag me on Instagram! #HealthyLittleVittles
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