Matcha Custard Tart with Chocolate Crust

May 18, 2015
Matcha Custard Tart with Chocolate Crust - The airy custard filling melts in your mouth and is the perfect complement to the crisp dark chocolate crust.

There's nothing like a dinner party with

people who might not know each other very well ..

Matcha Custard Tart with Chocolate Crust - The airy custard filling melts in your mouth and is the perfect complement to the crisp dark chocolate crust.

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to make me take notice of all of the different ways we

define ourselves

This weekend's Spaghetti Saturday.. 25+ people came and went.  I couldn't help but smile as those who didn't know each other .. made introductions.

“Hi .. I'm .. we live across the street.  My husband is .. now .. wait?  Where did he go?  Oh yes .. the cute one over there .. blue shirt .. wine in his right hand.  We've lived in Ames ten years or so .. he manages a program at Iowa State .. we love to garden .. and are new parents to three laying hens”

“I remember your smile from a few Spaghetti Saturdays ago.  Help me again .. your name was?  Ahhhh .. I remember now .. you always bring the Best salads.   Your dog's name is Abby .. you're both retired .. and have four grandchildren”

By now we're all practiced in the art of the introduction.  In this fast-paced world of social media .. we're often limited to 140 characters .. have short attention spans .. and strive for pithy openers.

Or we're left with three minutes in an elevator .. or five minutes at a dinner party .. and do our best to introduce ourselves .. leading with only a few of the passions that really make us

who we are

Matcha Custard Tart with Chocolate Crust - The airy custard filling melts in your mouth and is the perfect complement to the crisp dark chocolate crust.

As the evening wore on .. I couldn't help but notice .. the best parts weren't found in everyone's openers .. but instead .. the many elements of surprise each brought with them

He and his wife live a few houses down .. retired after a long career with the Post Office.  Surely they wouldn't tell stories that made everyone laugh until their ribs hurt.  Surely they don't seem like the type that would bake the most incredible desserts.  Surely he won't ever own another pet .. after his dog died it nearly broke his heart.

I found him a tissue or two (and one for me)

She's a PhD .. who's a whiz at gathering and interpreting numbers by day .. and moonlights as a sociology professor in the evenings

Surely she doesn't make the best mustard .. or crepes for that matter.  Surely she doesn't call her sweet Russian mother a couple of times every day.  Surely she doesn't develop an incurable craving for rice pudding every time boards a plane bound for

New York City

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And yet .. surely she does.   Surely we all do .. nobody is ever as they appear

I think about myself and some of the words I found myself using .. IT career woman .. writer .. puppy chaser .. wife .. friend .. neighbor .. cookie baker.   Just like everyone else .. snippets from the many facets of the life that make me ..


I'm a woman who's the sum total everything I've done in the past .. what I'll do today .. and what I dream of doing tomorrow.   I'm filled with contradictory thoughts .. a few surprises .. and oh so many flaws.

I'm the same woman who makes breakfast for her husband .. rides her bike .. and types late into the night.   Who .. when asked if she'd enjoy camping .. replies maybe .. but only if clean sheets .. a warm shower .. and a fully stocked refrigerator are part of the deal.

The same woman who would lovingly make and bring a meal to a friend .. yet be agitated by the time she got there .. after having to stop at every stoplight on the way

The same woman who looks at her picture at the top of this little piece of the internet .. and realizes .. just like everyone else that evening ..

I'm so much more

Matcha Custard Tart with Chocolate Crust - The airy custard filling melts in your mouth and is the perfect complement to the crisp dark chocolate crust.

This tart was a fun one to make for dessert that evening

It's light and refreshing .. a wonderful way to end a summertime meal.  The airy custard filling melts in your mouth and is the perfect complement to the crisp dark chocolate crust.

A few notes

Be sure to use gluten-free rolled oats and oat flour if you're allergic to gluten

The original calls for cashews to make the homemade milk .. which would be wonderful.  The past few months I've taken to homemade hazelnut milk and used that instead.  I imagine any nut milk would work really well.  

When it comes to baking with matcha .. not all are created equal.  The first brand I tried .. left me with a tart that was pale green in color.  As opposed to a cooking grade tea .. with a deep green color that's vibrant and bright.  

When serving .. I found the tart was best when cold.  As it the custard came to room temp, it didn't seem to hold its shape as well.

Make ahead .. the crust can be made and pressed into the pan a couple of days ahead of time.   

Matcha Custard Tart with Chocolate Crust - The airy custard filling melts in your mouth and is the perfect complement to the crisp dark chocolate crust.

A few of the health benefits of matcha tea?

We've all heard of the benefits of drinking green tea .. especially when it comes to antioxidants.  Turns out matcha powdered green tea has 137 times more (!) 

Matcha literally means “powdered tea.” When you order traditional green tea .. components from the leaves get infused into the hot water .. then the leaves are discarded. With matcha .. you’re drinking the actual leaves, which have been finely powdered and made into a solution ..traditionally by mixing about a teaspoon of matcha powder with a third cup of hot water (heated to less than a boil), which is then whisked with a bamboo brush until it's frothy

It can help calm your mind and relax your body.  

Rich in fiber .. chlorophyll .. and vitamins

To read more about Matcha Green Powder .. a few of my sources:  Time Magazine .. Matcha Source .. Organic Facts



ps:  For more recipes and stories from Spaghetti Saturdays .. here

Matcha Custard Tart with Chocolate Crust - The airy custard filling melts in your mouth and is the perfect complement to the crisp dark chocolate crust.

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Matcha Custard Tart with Chocolate Crust
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 8 Servings
  • Crust
  • ¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats (** see note above about gluten-free)
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • ½ cup + 1 Tbsp oat flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp fine-grain sea salt
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • ¼ cup brown rice flour
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil, melted but not hot (+ plus more for oiling pan)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • Filling
  • ½ cup whole raw hazelnuts, soaked 2 to 6 hours
  • 1½ cups shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 3 cups water
  • 5 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp agar flakes
  • 4 tsp matcha tea + more to dust
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  1. Make the crust
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Thoroughly oil a fluted 9-inch tart pan (with removable bottom) and set aside.
  4. To the bowl of your food processor, add the oats, coconut, oat flour, cocoa powder and salt. Blend until oats and coconut are finely ground.
  5. Place the oat mix in a bowl, add the almond meal and brown rice flour. Stir to combine.
  6. Add the coconut oil and stir until all of the flour is moistened.
  7. Add the maple syrup and vanilla.
  8. Mix until the dough has formed a ball. (** If it’s not holding together well, add a tsp of maple syrup. If dough is really sticky .. set it aside for 10 minutes to thicken)
  9. Wash and dry your hands and press crust thinly and evenly into prepared tart pan.
  10. Prick with a fork and bake 18 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and set aside to cool

  12. Make the filling
  13. Line a large strainer with a nut milk bag or several layers of cheesecloth.
  14. Place strainer over a medium pot and set aside.
  15. Drain and rinse cashews, and add them to an upright blender.
  16. Add coconut and 3 cups of water, blend on highest speed until very smooth.
  17. Pour into lined strainer and gather the edges of the bag or cloth and gently squeeze out all liquid. Compost solids.
  18. (** You should have 3 cups of coconut-cashew milk, if not add a little water)
  19. Rinse out blender.
  20. Add maple syrup and agar flakes to the pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly.
  21. Reduce heat to low, cover pot and simmer for 15 minutes or until all agar flakes have dissolved. Whisk mixture every 5 minutes to prevent sticking.
  22. Remove from heat, uncover pot and allow to cool for 10 minutes then pour mixture into the blender.
  23. Add matcha and vanilla and blend until evenly combined and foaming

  24. Finish & Chill
  25. Gently pour filling into the tart crust.
  26. Allow to sit for another 15 minutes before transferring to the refrigerator to set. (This takes about 1 hour or until its completely chilled)
  27. Use a small strainer to dust with matcha.
  28. Serve cold.
Nutritional Data by %:
% Protein: 4
% Carbs: 59
% Fat: 9
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Serving (1/8 Total Recipe) Calories: 238 Fat: 10.1 Carbohydrates: 35.15 Sugar: 19.56 Protein: 2.44

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  • Reply valmg @ Mom Knows It All July 10, 2017 at 4:56 am

    I always feel a bit awkward in situations like that. It takes me a while to remember names and I don’t particularly enjoy most small talk.

  • Reply Sarah Bailey July 10, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Oh my goodness 25+ people! What an amazing amount of people to have come and go, your Spaghetti Saturdays are so successful and how lovely for people to get to meet new friends.

  • Reply Alli Smith July 10, 2017 at 6:22 am

    I guess it’s true that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. I love meeting new people and finding out little tidbits of their lives. Your Spaghetti Saturdays sound like so much fun!

  • Reply Christy Maurer July 10, 2017 at 8:15 am

    It is always fun to learn others’ stories. You never know what people have gone though. Sometimes I wish I could wear a shirt stating all I’ve lost. I wonder if it would make a difference in the way people treated each other if we knew how they were hurting.

  • Reply Jeanette July 10, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I always like having parties for the same fact of what you do here. I love to get to know people because they all have really neat stories to listen to. I learn so much from people that is probably one of my favorite things to do

  • Reply Karlyn Cruz July 10, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Oh my gosh! I’m so much like you! Although I think a lot of us have a lot of flaws. It’s all part of life, right? Us … having flaws. I love doing things for others because I love making people smile but at the same time, I have very low tolerance for a lot of other things. Things is very thought provoking for a Monday!

    Are you kidding me? Matcha, custard and chocolate are 3 of my favorite things! I can’t believe you’ve been able to combine them all!

  • Reply Carol Speake July 10, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I’ve never tried Matcha but keep seeing many recipes for it. This one looks very lasty!

  • Reply lisa July 10, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    I have to say I usually stick with my group of friends and husbands. I’ve never thought of having a dinner party with that many people before! I guess I just like my familiar situations.

  • Reply [email protected] July 10, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I’ve made and tried a few matcha sweets, but found that it’s not for me. I’m soo addicted to that color though. It’s so pretty!

  • Reply Nikki July 10, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I really need to branch out more and meet new people. My “real world” friends are all crazy to some degree! I kid you not. Of course, that’s one of the reasons I love them, but seriously, it would be nice to expand my circle of friends. That Matcha tart looks so pretty, by the way!

  • Reply Rose Cottrill July 10, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I just had my tea and this makes me want to get up and make something delicious such as this. This matcha custard looks delighful!

  • Reply Debra J Hawkins July 10, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    My husband and I aren’t much for dinner parties, but whenever we actually go, we always have a good time! It is so much fun to get to know new people!

  • Reply Catvills July 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I enjoyed reading your post. I am quite the same. Everything and anything! My husband says I am the only woman he knows that own a toolbox. Not just a simple one, but a complete toolbox! Well, my dad wanted a boy, but he got me! So I was taught to be handy with tools. Thankfully, it all worked out in my favor because I can do minor repairs around the house (and the car too). I am so much more than that. I want to consider myself a writer, but until such time that I have my first book published, I am happily performing my tasks as a mom, a wife, a creative content writer/blogger, a social media manager, etc, fueled by coffee and the love of my family!

  • Reply Eileen | July 10, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    I love matcha, but I’ve never seen it in a custard tart recipe before! I love desserts that aren’t too heavy so this one sounds great!

  • Reply Censie Sawyer July 10, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I have to be honest, dinner parties that I do not know people at give me really bad anxiety. I know I should take time to really enjoy that time but it is difficult for me sometimes . But I do agree, you can learn a lot from people in just a dinner time. This really looks like a good recipe to try for summertime.

  • Reply Monica Y July 10, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I love being at parties with new people, you never know where and when you are going to meet your new BFF. I love meeting new people.
    As far as your recipe goes, OMG I love matcha and I have to make it like this weekend. Yummy

  • Reply Jill Robbins July 10, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    As an awkward girl, I can totally relate to your story. Also, this is such an interesting and colorful recipe. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

  • Reply candy July 10, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Parties like that are not my strong suit or something I really enjoy. Now my husband on the other hand will know everyones names with 15 minutes and can talk to anyone about anything.

  • Reply Sheri July 11, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Dinner parties are so much fun, it takes me a while to start talking to people I don’t know but once I do then it makes the evening that much better.

  • Reply Lisa Favre July 11, 2017 at 6:40 am

    25 guests at spaghetti night?! Now THAT’S a dinner party. I get incredibly shy with bigger crowds and when I don’t know the people in the party. Btw, that pie looks SO good! I didn’t realize the matcha literally meant powder… makes sense with its consistency!

  • Reply Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen July 11, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Spaghetti Saturdays sound like so much fun! It’s always interesting to get a group of people together that don’t really know each other and throw food and wine into the mix. Lol! The tart looks and sounds incredible by the way! The color is really pretty.

  • Reply Sandy N Vyjay July 11, 2017 at 7:56 am

    I completely agree, when it comes to introducing, we need to be short and sweet else people lose interest as attention span is short. Parties at home are always fun and my Mom always loved hosting guests over the weekend. I never knew that matcha powdered green tea has 137 times more health benefits. The matcha custard tart looks yum!

  • Reply Vicky July 11, 2017 at 11:43 am

    This is one of the most eye catching tarts I have ever seen. The bright green color just scream “eat me!” Can I just say I love the idea of Spaghetti Saturdays! I went back and read how you started the tradition and in a time when we run in our houses and lock our doors it sounds like a great way to get to know neighbors and make new friends.

  • Reply Jenny July 11, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    I did not know that about matcha green tea. I’ll have to find some pronto cause god knows, I need all the antioxidants I can get! This pie looks great. We have pizza sundays, but sphagetti saturdays sounds good too!

  • Reply Katherine|Wanderspice July 17, 2017 at 1:11 am

    If I just wanted to make a custard dish, (no crust), it wouldn’t affect the filling, would it? I’d like to serve it on a martini glass for a themed party. Thanks.

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