Crust: 8 ounces gingersnap cookies (about 32 cookies), coarsely broken 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) salted butter, melted
For the ganache
1 cup (240ml) canned coconut milk
12 oz. (280g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the topping
1/2 cup (40g) unsweetened coconut flakes
½ cup (68g) roasted unsalted macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
A pinch of sea salt
For crust: Preheat oven to 325°F. Finely grind gingersnap cookies in processor (yielding 1 1/2 to 1 2/3 cups). Add melted butter and process until moistened. Press crumb mixture firmly onto bottom and up sides of 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom. Place pan on rimmed baking sheet. Bake crust for about 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool tart in pan completely before adding filling.
For the ganache:
Place finely chopped chocolate in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, just bring coconut milk to a boil. Pour hot coconut milk over chocolate and let stand 1 minute, then stir until smooth and creamy. Stir in vanilla extract.
For the topping:
Spread the chopped macadamia nuts and shredded coconut evenly over a sheet pan and bake until lightly golden (about 3-5 minutes). Set aside and let cool.
To assemble the tart:
Pour warm chocolate mixture into cooled tart shell. Lightly sprinkle toasted macadamia nuts and toasted coconut across the top. Sprinkle with a pinch of flaky sea salt if desired. Chill for at least one hour or until set and serve. Overnight sets best.
Things have been a little quiet at Whiskers Lane HQ since we've had a lot going on personally. We had one low but mostly highs :)
Our family cat Loddy who was only 5 years old got very sick with cancer & we made the very hard decision to let him go to cat heaven. He was there in the beginning when Whiskers Lane started & would often watch me sew at the sewing machine. He will be missed. RIP Velodya
As Maid-of-Honour for my only big sister's wedding I was in charge of planning her Hen's night which involved making accessories for her to wear & matching brooches for all the ladies. We did a cocktail making course which as you can see she enjoyed :)
Next up was planning my sisters bridal/cellar tea party which was definitely alot of fun! We had many, many sweets, a chocolate fountain, 7 types of tea, champagne, a male topless waiter & games :)
After all the planning, creating and a long awaited wedding (almost 11 years) my sister & her husband said 'I do' to each other with their closest family & friends in FIJI !!
There was fire dancers and fireworks!
This was the amazing resort
My coral finds were amazing.
I'd like to be back here
Fijian people are so friendly, warm & talented
I made these rolled fabric flower wristlet to go with my bridesmaid dress
Phew! What an amazing month! Now back to creative Whiskers Lane goodness :) I hope you all have been happy & healthy!
What an amazing weekend we had in Melbourne for Finders Keepers! I only wish we could have stayed longer. We stayed right by Brunswick Street and I cannot believe I have never visited this delightful street before. For those that haven't been - it is definitely worth a look see. There are so many cute, quirky stores, cafes, restaurants, bars and more!
We do appreciate everyone who stopped by to say hello, bought a handmade design, took a business card or simply walked by and smiled at our goodies :)
The lead up to Finders Keepers kept us busy making, gluing, crocheting, sewing, pouring & more!
Mr Foxy Teapot Cosy made his debut and we sold out of him within a few hours! The lovely Tricia (mum) is busy crocheting more so we can get them online soon for you all that couldn't make the market :)
Cute as a button rings were quite a hit. I collected vintage frames and painted them all for our market display.
Vintage Doily Brooches
Our market stall with all the colourful goodies
Hand-embroidered Woodland Brooches - Mr and Mrs Deer made their debut
Catmouse Teapot Cosy was loved by many. Catmouse is available online now.
Tricia (mum) and I (Jodie) standing in front of our stall
The magnificant Royal Exhibition Building where the market was held
These sweet little deers were new to our stall too
Whiskers Lane will be having our first interstate market stall in Melbourne in 6 sleeps time! The Finders Keepers market will be held in the grand Royal Exhibition Building near the beautiful Carlton Gardens. The market will be held on the Friday night (with a bar & food) and all day Saturday the 21st :)
We will have some new designs making their debut appearance at this special market. Might be a good chance to get your mum a mother's day pressie.
Victoria's Gleaners Inc is my newest stockist! The lovely owner Liz is holding The Doily Exhibition in her store starting 16th March. She has asked doily lovers to submit "reinvented doilies". I decided to add some whiskery embroidery to a doily and turn it into a wall hanging. My piece will also be available to purchase at the exhibition. I have included some other goodies making their way to Liz's store too :)