I’m sorry. Did you just see the Twix Bar Tart. Can we just have a moment to let it sink in. Yum. Okay so where do I even start you guys?! Paleo f(x) was AMAZING, absolutely AMAZING. Austin is such a cool city. Tons of cool places to eat good food and drink craft cocktails and Austin has such cool nightlife. It’s like if you mixed the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego and Bourbon St. in New Orleans. Then it’s kinda ugly and dingy during the day like how Vegas is. It’s awesome.
My favorite places in Austin were as follows: Picnik Austin where they serve Paleo coffee, snacks, and treats. Naomi is the BEST, she will seriously make your day. I got the Mocha one day and the Chai the next and they were both to die for. Then my favorite restaurant we ate at was the Salty Sow. Oh my gosh you guys. It was incredible! We ordered pretty much everything on the menu, Bacon and Gruyere Roasted Bone Marrow, Crispy Brussels Sprouts Leaves, Truffled Deviled Eggs, Duck Fat Fries with 110 Minute Egg, and for my main course I got a Bacon Wrapped Pork Filet Mignon. For dessert we had a Salted Caramel Pudding with Candied Bacon on top. My mouth is watering just typing all that.
I also got to do a cooking demo with Juli from PaleOMG. We totally rocked it. I was so nervous and my pits were crazy sweaty but we did it! Juli’s a pro, this was my first cooking demo and I had so much fun! We were cracking jokes and rockin’ the mic. Speaking of mics, do you know how hard it is to cook with one hand while holding a microphone? Yeah…My Favorite part of the whole day was right before the cooking demo started I got to say hi to Nom Nom, or Michelle, for those of you who don’t call people by their blog names. She gave me a big hug and then yelled, “Where’s my f#@$ing dessert?!” Bwahahahaha I love her. Note to self, bring Nom Nom dessert so she doesn’t yell at you. Bloggers be crazy.
Speaking of bloggers, I stayed in a killer house Downtown with Juli of PaleOMG, Bill and Haley Staley of Primal Palate and their assistant Kara, Sean and Suzanne of Pastured Kitchen, and the one and only Stacy LaLa. It was the BEST! Total Paleo Real World. Lot’s of laughs and good bacon. In addition to blogging, Bill is also an exceptional back farter. Yes, you just read what you think you read.
Austin also sells cool stuff that California doesn’t like Kosmic Kombucha (Groovy Green is the BEST!) and TopoChico Mineral Water. I know what you’re thinking, it’s mineral water, how can it be that good. I don’t know people, maybe they put crack in it or something but it’s SO good! It’s like crazy refreshing. I want to buy it on Amazon but it’s like 3 times as much as it is in Austin at Whole Foods. Oh oh Whole Foods, I got to visit the mothership Whole Foods too. It was insane! People have proms and stuff there even. Cray.
Speaking of cray, dude, so I went to go wait in the Franklin’s BBQ line on Saturday at 8:30 am. Stacy La La was going to meet me there, since she’s my foodie partner in crime. When I got there the line was already around the block and past the fence, so I wouldn’t have been able to drink because it would be considered public property. Then they came around and told us that we probably wouldn’t be able to eat before they ran out of meat and if by some chance we were able to eat it wouldn’t be until 2:30 pm. So maybe next year? I did eat Texas BBQ while I was there since I couldn’t have Franklin’s but it was just meh. You know what’s not just meh…these Paleo Twix Bar Tarts.
Twix Bar Tarts
*Makes 4 mini tarts
2 cups cashew butter (see recipe below)
1/2 cup grass-fed butter, melted
1 organic free-range egg
1/4 cup raw honey, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup coconut flour
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Make cashew butter using recipe below.
2. Put the grass-fed butter in a microwave safe dish and microwave until melted, about 30-60 seconds. Watch closely to make sure it doesn’t get too hot. When most of it has melted, stir to melt any remaining butter.
3. In a medium sized bowl add the melted butter, egg, honey, and vanilla. Make sure the butter isn’t too hot so it doesn’t cook the egg. Mix the ingredients together using a whisk or hand mixer. Set aside.
4. In a separate large bowl add the cashew butter, coconut flour, coconut sugar, baking soda, and salt. Pour the melted butter mixture on top and stir the ingredients together with a whisk or spoon until completely combined. Refrigerate uncovered for 20 minutes or until dough firms up.
5. Take a handful of dough and press evenly into a round mini tart pan and up the sides. Use your finger to slightly press and create an indent or ledge in the crust towards the top. You only need a thin layer of dough since it will rise when it bakes. Place each one in the refrigerator as you finish and move on to the next one. Then place each mini tart pan on the parchment lined baking sheet.
6. Bake for 15 minutes or until the tops are golden. Let cool. If the dough puffs up higher than you would like, let cool for 5 minutes and then you can re-press the crust into shape. Set aside and make your caramel filling.
3 cups raw cashews
2 teaspoons coconut oil, melted
few pinches of sea salt
1. In a food processor add your cashews and puree for a few minutes or so depending on how awesome your food processor is. You will have to stop and scrape down the sides a few times. Once you start to get an almost dough like consistency, slowly add the coconut oil and then a little bit of salt and puree some more. For this recipe it doesn’t have to be as finely textured as store bought nut butter, you actually want it to be more dough like.
1/2 cup grass-fed butter (or ghee)
1/2 cup canned coconut milk, full fat, room temperature
1 cup coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
few pinches of sea salt
1. Melt butter and coconut milk in a saucepan over low heat.
2. Once melted add the coconut sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir until combined.
3. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Let boil for 3 minutes, remove and stir until the mixture becomes a smooth liquid again. Repeat this process 3-4 times. Each time the mixture should get a little thicker and a little thicker. Remove from heat and let cool. As the mixture cools it will thicken.
4. Go ahead and start your chocolate topping while the caramel cools.
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1. Melt the chocolate chips using the double boiler method by placing a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water and stirring until the chocolate is melted.
2. To assemble your Twix Tarts, take one of the crusts, still in the mini tart pan, and use a spoon to transfer caramel into it, close to the top. Then place in the fridge. Repeat the process for the remaining 3. When finished let them chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
3. Transfer the melted chocolate into a piping bag, or Ziploc freezer bag with the corner cut. Remove the caramel filled mini tart pans from the fridge, then squeeze the chocolate out on top of the caramel. Use a rubber spatula to spread the chocolate across the caramel. Return to the fridge to harden for at least 20 minutes. Once they are ready, pop them out of the tart pans and cut into slices. Enjoy!
There is enough dough to make this recipe in a standard sized tart pan. The caramel and chocolate should also be enough to fill the standard size as well. If your caramel breaks don’t worry it will still totally work for this recipe. I find by tempering the caramel by boiling and cooling, it doesn’t tend to break. Either way you will be good to go! I didn’t try using ghee in place of the butter in the crust or the caramel but you should be fine. You could also use coconut oil but the caramel will be sweet and not like a buttery caramel, so if that’s your cup of tea, go for it.
I recommended covering your baking sheet with parchment paper just as a precaution, if anything spills over, it’s easy clean up. If you don’t have parchment paper, no biggie just use the baking sheet, you’ll be fine. Also my crust ended up being a little too thick, but I included a picture for your reference anyway. It got a little puffy but I let it cool for 5 minutes and then pressed and shaped it how I wanted it. It totally worked fine, but try to go thinner than what I did.
So let’s recap here guys, Austin was rad, always bring Nom Nom dessert, long lines suck, but Paleo Twix Bar Tarts don’t. Oh and wear extra deodorant when doing cooking demos so you don’t pit out. Aren’t you glad you read this blog? All of life’s answers people.