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Tourment D’Amour or Love’s Torment

Tourment D'Amour

Tourment D’Amour or Love’s Tourment can be made for any occasion but is it the perfect dessert to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

A love story begins with a feeling. Can this feeling be for food? Of course, it can. Tourment D’Amour or Love’s Torment will create that feeling as long as you love coconut. This recipe is made with puff pastry, homemade coconut jam, and a genoise cake batter.

A little bit about the origin of Tourment D’Amour

Tourment D’Amour or Love’s Torment comes from Les Îles des Saintes or Les Saintes Islands, which “is a territory of the northern hemisphere situated in North America, in the Caribbean islands, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator. Les Saintes lies south of the island of Guadeloupe and east of Marie-Galante. It is separated from Guadeloupe by Les Saintes Passage and from the North of Dominica by Dominica Passage. (Wikipedia, 2016)

Map of Les Saintes
Map of Les Saintes

The archipelago of Les Saintes is populated mainly by the descendants of colonists from Brittany and Normandy and inhabitants of Poitou, Saintonge, and Anjou. They are primarily from the first French families that lived on Saint Christopher and Nevis when it was a French colony. The population has the peculiarity of being primarily of European origin and speaks a variety of famous American French, with some Old French terms. (Wikipedia, 2016)

Tourment D'Amour Tart - upclose

So, what are the favorite culinary dishes of Les Saintes

Like most Caribbean islands, the sea is a source of food supplies that enriches Creole culinary. Many of the Creole(not to be confused with Creole Louisiana) dishes comprise of fish Court-bouillon, Colombo (a creole dish of meat spiced with curry, Curcuma, saffron, and cumin), black pudding, and accras de Morue (saltfish)

What is Tourment D’Amour?

Tourment d’d’Amourr LoLover’sorment is a small tartlet made with pie crust pastry. It is usually filled with jam or coconut and covered with a sponge cake. They are also made with other tropical fruits such as guava, passionfruit, pineapple, and banana.

Tourment D'Amour
Tourment D’Amour or Love’s Torment

A few notes and tips about the recipe

After learning about Le Tourment D’Amour, don’t you want to try your hands at some delicious pastries? Before making this delightful dessert, I would recommend making the real version with fresh ingredients. Fresh coconut does not taste the same as packaged shredded coconut.

Make it ahead if you are making it for someone special on VaValentine’say. I can guarantee you that whoever it is, she, he or they will be delighted.

This recipe version is a bit long. Take your time and dodon’tush.

Le Tourment D’D’Amourr LoLove’sourment can be made for any occasion but is it the perfect dessert to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Tourment D'Amour Large Tart
Tourment D’Amour Large Tart

Recipe adapted from Babette de Rozieres



Tourment D’Amour or Love’s Torment

Love’s Torment or Le Tourment D’Amour can be made for any occasion but is it the perfect dessert to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Recipe adapted from Babette de Rozieres
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Condiment, Dessert, Desserts
Cuisine Caribbean
Calories 9617 kcal


  • 1 roll puff pastry flaky pastry
  • 1 tablespoon butter

To make the Jam

  • 2 coconuts
  • 1 ¾ pound cane sugar or white caster sugar
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups water

To make the Genoise cake

  • 8 large eggs
  • 9 ounces super fine sugar fine white sugar
  • 9 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

To make Cream


  • To make the Jam, make two small holes in the top of the coconuts and remove the coconut juice.
  • Set aside. Break open the coconuts and grate the flesh.
  • Place the grated coconut in a saucepan with the sugar, coconut juice, lime zest, cinnamon and 1 ½ cups water.
  • Mix well and cook over low heat for 30 minutes or until mixture is a bit thick and the consistency of jam while stirring occasionally.
  • To make the Genoise Cake, beat the eggs, and then slowly add the sugar, beating constantly. Beat in the sifted flour, then the vanilla extract. Set aside
  • To make the confectioner’s cream, place the sugar, flour and eggs in large bowl. Beat vigorously until they form a smooth paste. In a saucepan, heat the milk with the vanilla bean. When hot, stir into the egg mixture, then set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the puff pastry in a buttered pan, or 6 individual tart pans, then add the coconut jam.
  • Cover with the Genoise
  • and bake for 20 – 30 minutes until completely set. Remove the vanilla pod from the cream and serve tart(s) with the confectioner’s sugar cream.


Depending on the size of the coconut, you may end up with on large tart pan and about 24 mini tarts or 2 large tart pans and 12 mini tarts.


Calories: 9617kcalCarbohydrates: 1835gProtein: 148gFat: 199gSaturated Fat: 79gPolyunsaturated Fat: 25gMonounsaturated Fat: 79gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2019mgSodium: 1627mgPotassium: 2108mgFiber: 26gSugar: 1320gVitamin A: 3599IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 713mgIron: 42mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword 15 minutes meal, cakes, Caribbean dessert, coconut, cookies, dessert
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    1. Thanks for your comment. Everyone’s palate is different. This is a very soft cake and somewhat overly moist because of the filling. Let us know what you did not like about it. Cheers!

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