Lemon tart may be one of the most popular baked-custard style fruit tarts and delicious though it is, there are some equally great contenders for the title of "the best". Passion Fruit Tart is one such beast. It has a super fruity flavour with lots of zinginess. What is even better, it is so easy to make.
If you are staggered by a number of eggs, butter and sugar in this recipe which makes the tart so rich, do not worry; you only need a small slice; though it is very moreish.
- For the Crust:
- 300 grams Shortcrust pastry (chilled)
- For the Filling:
- 1 lemon grated zest and juice
- 1 cup/235 ml. passion fruit pulp (without seeds**)
- 12 oz./350g. caster sugar
- 6 eggs (whole)
- 9 egg yolks
- 10 1/2/300 g. unsalted butter (softened)
Heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5
Prepare the Pastry Case::
Grease a 23cm / 9-inch loose-bottomed tart tin with a little butter. Roll out the pastry and line the tart dish, making sure there are no tears in the pastry. Prick the base of the dish using a fork. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Cover the pastry with a scrunched up piece of baking parchment and fill with baking beans, or use long grain rice. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, remove the parchment and beans or rice and bake for a further 10 minutes until the crust is golden.
Make the Filling:
**To create the passion fruit pulp, halve passion fruits and scrape the all the pulp, seeds and juice into a sieve over a bowl. Rub the pulp through the sieve, discard the seeds.
Make the filling: place the lemon zest, juice, passion fruit puree, sugar, eggs and egg yolks into a large roomy saucepan. Over a very low heat, incorporate all the ingredients - you will find a whisk is best for this. Continue to whisk until the sugar has dissolved. Do not rush this process: or you’ will scramble the eggs. Before you know it, the mixture will begin to thicken. It is ready when thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
Remove the pan from the heat and place to one side. From time to time whisk the mixture as it cools down. Once cooled, stir in the softened butter. Do not add too soon or the butter will simply melt making the tart greasy.
Raise the oven temperature to 230 C/ 450F /Gas 8.
Pour the mixture into the cooked pastry base, place near to the top of the hot oven and bake for about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven before the surface starts to brown. Leave to cool completely before serving. I prefer t leave it overnight. Serve with whipped cream or creme fraiche on top.