The beautiful, picture perfect and naturally breathtaking Blue Mountain which borders Portland St Thomas, St Mary and St Andrew parishes in Jamaica is something that I have heard about, on numerous occasions as a child. The Blue Mountains and the natural stunning beauty which attracts visitors every year, was not discussed in depth, i.e the mountain range, activities that can be done there etc, my nan spoke of the coffee. As I became older and enjoyed and then became addicted to coffee (Carte Noire is my favourite), my nan reminisced how her grandfather (my maternal great grandfather) would spend his mornings sitting on the veranda drinking a hot steaming mug of Blue Mountain Coffee and alternating sips with eating juicy plump mangoes. I was fascinated.
I have been meaning to try one of the most famous exports which hails from Jamaica, but having trailed through some well-known online stores and the cheapest jar being £25, it would be a very expensive cup of coffee. As much as I love indulging in nice food items, I preferred to wait until my next trip to Jamaica and stock up the famous coffee, to be enjoyed at my home in the West Midlands. Before I purchased the beans and instant Blue Mountain Coffee, I was excited to see the Blue Mountains, on not one but two occasions. The view when I saw this first, from Beverley Hills Kingston was simply breathtaking. The mountains took over the landscape and it was a beauty to withhold. The second time I saw the Blue Mountains is when I went to Portland, the tops of the mountains had a hazy slightly grey cloud above it. I really wish I was able to see the Blue Mountains on a clear day so that I could see the tops of the mountain "blue" hence the name. I was more eager than ever to purchase the famous coffee. I purchased some coffee beans and instant coffee, for a barginous £15. Having drank a couple of hot mugs, the taste is intense and yet delicate, the flavour is not overbearing and there is a warmthness to every sip. I fancied making something different using this coffee and an inventive idea that I came up with (first thing in the morning, when hungry and craving coffee) was a Blue Mountain Coffee Tart. I love a tart, that's no secret, but as the dark nights are drawing in, I wanted to make something homely and this was the perfect hit. A light and decadent dessert.
|Blue Mountain Coffee Tart|
|Blue Mountain Coffee Tart|
|Creme Fraice and Sugar|
Recipe for Blue Mountain Coffee Tart
You will need a flan/tart tin and a saucepan.
1 packet Jus Rol shortcrust pastry
300ml creme fraiche
80g caster sugar
1 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 instant Blue Mountain coffee dissolved in 4 tbsp hot water
Preheat the oven to gas mark 6. Lay the pastry in the tart tin, cover with baking parchment paper and blind bake on the top shelf of the oven for 15 minutes. Whilst the pastry is blind baking, heat the saucepan on a low heat, pour the creme fraiche, caster sugar and nutmeg until the sugar is dissolved - this should take around 5 minutes. Crack the eggs in the saucepan and heat gently.
In a mug dissolve 1 1/2 tbsp Blue Mountain Coffee in 4 tbsp hot water, pour this to the sauce pan. The pastry should be ready, remove from the oven and pour the coffee mixture in the tin. Bake for around 35 minutes, or until there is a slight wobble in the centre.
Serve with ice-cream or custard.
I am sharing this to a couple of blog challenges. First up is Inheritance recipes, hosted by Pebble Soup. and Coffee and Vanilla. This month's theme is Comfort Food. My coffee tart is comfort food and something that I would love to share with my future children.