Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Gizzadas -Jamaican Coconut Tarts

Caribbean cooking is a medley of Indian,French,African,American,British etc.Each Island or country in the Carribean is influenced by its population.Be it Jamaica,Belize,Cuba etc,each have developed their own cuisine which is influenced by the flavours and techniques of the immigrant population.One of the popular Jamaican desserts is Gizzadas or mini tart shells filled with sweet coconut filling.These are also known as 'pinch-me-rounds' as the pastry requires pinching/crimping the edges to obtain a container shape which is filled and baked.I found a adaptable recipe from here though it seems several slightly different versions are available.


Ingredients:
Tart Shell
AllPurpose Flour: 1 cup
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Cold Unsalted Butter: 3 tbsp
Ice Cold Water: 1/4 cup + few tbsp

Filling:

Coconut grated : 1 cup+
Brownsugar: 1/2 cup+
Nutmeg: 1/2 tsp
Water: 2 tbsp
Butter: 1 tbsp

Preparation:
Tart Shell:
In a bowl whisk together flour and salt.Cut cold butter/shortening/margarine into this and mix well till it resembles coarse sand.Add in 1/4 cup of cold water and form a dough adding more water as needed.It took almost 6 tbsp of water for me.Once the dough is formed,cover it in a plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.If using salted butter,add salt accordingly while forming the dough.

In a lightly floured surface,roll out the chilled dough into 1/4 inch thickness or as thin as possible.Using a cookie cutter or any other round container (roughly 4 inches),cut out circles from the dough.Form a casing/container from each circle by pinching together the edges of the circle.Bake in a pre heated oven at 350F/175C for 10-12 minutes after placing the casings/tart shells in a lined/greased baking sheet.

This is a difficult process and it took some time for me.You can also use a muffin tin/pan for obtaining the tart shape or use any other method though the above method is used traditionally.Also the baked shells can be freezed for a later use.The recipe yields almost 8-10 tart shells.

Filling:
In a pan,mix together all the filling ingredients and cook on low fire till the flavours blend and mix becomes almost dry and butter completely blends with coconut.This takes just a few minutes.I actually made filling with half the recipe as I was not sure how it will turn out.But had to make a second batch later.

Assembling the Gizzadas:
Once the filling and shells are ready,it time to combine them.Take each shell,put spoonfuls of filling inside and place it on a lined/greased baking sheet.Do so till all the filling/shells are used up.You can fill the casings completely or 3/4th or half or as per choice.

Once the shells are filled and ready,place them in the baking sheet and bake at 350F for 5 minutes or more until the coconut starts browning.

This is the way it is supposed to be done,though there can be variations.Like,since the filled tart is baked again,you can avoid cooking the filling items .That is simply mix the filling ingredients and then fill the shell and bake for 10-15 minutes or more until the filling gets cooked.Since I had already cooked the filling and made it almost dry,I simply baked the filled shell for 3-5 minutes only.Also if you do not like baking/cooking the filling,simply bake the shells till brown,then at the time of serving fill it and serve.You can go for a variety of fillings though the coconut one is traditional.For an Indian touch,you can go for cardamom along/instead of nutmeg.

The gizzadas are far from perfect,but very tasty.I expected them to be very flaky,though they are not so.I liked the crispy shell with a soft filling.If you like to make it more it crispier bake for longer time.Also reference Aparna's and Rachel's Gizzadas here.

After my last post,I was on and off blogging due to current,net and even health problems.Most of the issues have been resolved and you can hopefully see me constantly now.I missed several posts and was about to miss MonthlyMingle as well,but it seems the gizzadas are destined for MM:Caribbean Cooking hosted by Meeta


29 Comments:

Mangala Bhat said...

wow ! looks delicicous :) Thanks

Trupti said...

Coconut Tarts looks very delicious. It's looks like a Caribbean version of Modak :)

Cham said...

The aroma of coconut would have filled ur kitchen :) Tasty tart!

girlichef said...

oh wow...these look delicious!

Superchef said...

looks very delicious...like modaks or kozhukattai..i just love them!!

indhu said...

reminds me of kozhukattais... yummy looking tarts ... and these look easier as I don't have to take pains to close them :)

- Indhu (www.thayirsaadham.com)

Priya said...

Awesome Coconut tarts...great entry..

Varsha Vipins said...

Long time..Where were you..:)
Tarts looks yum..n easy too..:)

Joie de vivre said...

When I saw the title, I thought this was going to be some sort of gizzard dish. Gizzadas sound soooo much better than gizzards! :)

Sanghi said...

Wow!!Tasty yummy delight!! will make this for sure. Can we cook make it in an ordinary pan? So fond of making it..:)

rekhas kitchen said...

wow look so delicious sweatha

jayasree said...

You have shaped the tarts well. I had tried the same after seeing Aparna and Rachel's. Used the modak filling instead.

Simran said...

They might be complicated and tough to make, but look super cute.

How was holi?

MeetaK said...

i love coconut and these look amazing. thanks for joining us at the mingle!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow looks crispy and juicy....Love the flavour of coconut...Yum...

Anonymous said...

Simply great recipe..

Yasmeen said...

Yummy pinch-me-rounds, tasty coconut filling is an classic taste of carribean:)

Sia said...

how pretty!

Happy cook said...

Wow they look so beautiful and so yumm.

Joie de vivre said...

Thanks for visiting! It was lovely having you over. :)

DEESHA said...

that looks very delicious

Madhuram said...

Did you get an oven already? Yes I remember seeing these in Aparna's and Rachel's blog. They look very cute.

Rathna said...

Awesome entry :-)

Raaga said...

this is like our somashe... I can imagine the taste already.

Soma said...

LOve the shape, the filling Everything. I could just eat the filling jsut by itself!. Great recipe from caribbeans!
Soma(www.ecurry.com)

Aparna said...

These look perfect, Sweatha. We liked them and yes the tart cases are crisp rather than flaky.

Jude said...

Never heard of gizzadas before but it seems so familiar. Liking the simple flavorings in it.

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

these look delicious! you have great collection of recipes! too good!

Chef Mireille said...

I'm Caribbean but these are totally new to me
Mireille
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