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Fabulous Orh Nee Tarts

These fabulous Orh Nee Tarts is a modern spin crafted out from the popular local Orh Nee dessert (sweetened yam paste). Comprised of French shortcrust pastry (pâte sablée) for the tart shells, layered with moist & buttery coconut frangipane and filled with pipings of silky smooth Orh Nee. Each tart gets a jewel of caramel walnuts for aesthetic and crunch. A lovely treat to indulge on a midday.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 25 mins
Freezing time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Dessert


  • 7cm tart moulds (15 pcs)


Sweet Tart Dough (Pâte Sablée)

  • 125 grams very cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
  • 60 grams powdered sugar
  • 200 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 egg yolk

Coconut Frangipane

  • 45 grams unsalted butter soft
  • 30 grams fine sugar
  • 20 grams finely ground almonds
  • 18 grams dessicated coconut
  • 1 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 30 grams egg
  • 1 tsp dark rum optional

Orh Nee (Sweetned Yam Paste)

  • 500 grams yam (taro) peeled and sliced
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 60 grams vegetable oil canola or sunflower oils are good choices
  • 60 grams coconut milk
  • 60 grams heavy cream can replace with equal amount of coconut milk
  • 2 tsp dark rum optional

Caramel Walnuts

  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 30 grams walnuts roughly chopped


Sweet Tart Dough (Pâte Sablée)

  • Put flour, powdered sugar and salt in the food processor and pulse a few times to blend. Add in the cold butter pieces and pulse until butter is coarsely grind - you should have some pea size pieces and some that resembles oat flakes.
  • Stir the egg yolk to break up a bit and add a little at a time, pulsing after each addition - about 10 seconds each pulse. The dough will look granular. Just before the dough starts to clump, turn the dough onto a work surface.
  • To incorporate the butter more evenly and to gather any dry ingredients that might have escaped mixing, separate small amounts of dough from the pile and use the heel of your hand to smear each dough a few inches across the counter. In French this is called fraisage, and it's the ideal way to finish blending a dough. After fraisage, gather the dough and form into a disk. At this point, you can use it immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • Pinch small portions of the dough and press evenly onto the bottom and sides of the tart mould. Trim off the excess using a small knife. Prick the bottom of the crust all over with a small fork and freeze for at least 15 minutes before baking.

Coconut Frangipane

  • You can use the food processor, electric hand mixer or hand whisk. Beat the butter until smooth and creamy, the texture should resemble mayonnaise. Add sugar and beat for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add ground almonds, dessicated coconut, flour & cornstarch and beat until smooth. Add egg and beat until thoroughly incorporated. Finally, add in rum if using and blend well. Transfer mixture into a piping bag if using directly. You can make this ahead, cover with clingwrap and store in the refridgerator for up to 3 days.

Orh Nee (Sweetened Yam Paste)

  • Steam the taro slices over high heat for about 15 minutes. Test doneness with a fork. Taro should be very soft. Mashed with a hand whisk or fork while still hot.
  • Put mashed taro onto a nonstick frying pan together with the rest of the ingredients for Orh Nee.
  • Over medium heat, stir constantly with a spatula until sugar melted and all the ingredients combined well. The yam paste should look glossy, sticky but not too dry. Remove from heat.
    taro paste
  • Place a sifter upside down on a plate. Dollop a portion of the prepared yam paste on the sifter. Using a scraper, scrap the paste through the sifter. Repeat with remaining yam paste. Scoop into a container, cover with clingwrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
    taro paste

Caramel Walnuts

  • Put walnuts in a small baking pan and toast in non-preheated oven at 170C for 10 minutes to lightly toast the nuts. Set aside to cool.
  • Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan, bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  • Watch closely as the syrup starts to colour. Once syrup turns brown, reduce heat to low and add the chopped walnuts. Stir quickly for about 1 minute. They will start to clump and that's ok. Once the nuts are well coated, transfer to a heatproof plate. Try to separate the nuts as much as you can. Allow to cool and harden before using.

Bake and Assemble the Tarts

  • Preheat oven to 170C. If your coconut frangipane is in the refrigerator, take it out 30 minutes before using and transfer the frangipane into a piping bag.
  • Take out the frozen unbaked tart shells from the freezer. Cut a hole at the tip of the piping filled with coconut frangipane. Pipe a small portion into the tart, about 1 teaspoon each tart. Try not to fill too much as the frangipane will expand during baking and you will need some space to fill the Orh Nee.
  • Bake the tarts for 10 to 12 minutes until nicely browned. Cool before filling the Orh Nee.
  • Put Orh Nee into a piping bag filled with piping tip. I use open star 1M piping tip to create the ridges. Push all the paste towards the piping tip, deflating any air bubbles that might have trap within. Pipe onto the baked tarts in circular motion starting from outer ring to inner. Place a caramel walnut on top of each tart. Serve!


The caramel on the walnut will melt when refrigerated, for this reason I recommend to add the walnut right before serving.
Storing: These tarts can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. However, the tart shells might lose its crisp over time. So best to consume on the day it is baked.
Keyword orh nee, tarts, yam