passionfruit from the vine + blow torch wielding = best passionfruit tart

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Home | 20 Comments

There is something very satisfying about blow torching sugar on a tart or any other dessert item. Although this may be fearful for some members of the population such as IQS or paleo or cavemen or whatever, I certainly enjoy sugar in moderation. And this is coming from a Public Health Nutritionist. Anyway, this is all besides the point when it’s really about the spectacular passionfruit (Passiflora edulis) from my garden. Also joining in on the fun were additional passionfruit grown in the backyard of my good friend (we produce swap). So this tart is truly a product of sharing local love. Sigh!

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Growing passionfruit is so easy it gets to be point where you wish it wasn’t. It is a very fruitful vine. I grow 2 common varieties; black and panama red on a trellis along our fence which is ideal as these guys are climbers with vines that hold on for dear life. They love full sun, lots of water and well drained soil. I lightly prune once a year in Spring and throw a bit of chook poo around now and then. It took over a year for my plant to fruit from a decent seedling (you can grow more developed plants to reap rewards sooner). Just make sure the root system is always covered to protect from the elements. Another passionfruit bonus; they’re high in Vitamin C and A, fibre and antioxidants.

Usually recipes on the blog are my own, however I had to spruik this one; it’s from Homemade (2011) by Anna Gare and the best passionfruit tart recipe around. I try not to do the attachment thing but there are pleasant memories surrounding this cookbook. Anna is an ambassador for Jamie’s Ministry of Food and personally gave us a copies of her book when I worked there. It was on the day Jamie came to meet and cook with us; you don’t tend to forget Jamie Oliver thanking you for doing his work in a hurry! Anyhoo, you may have a favourite shortcrust pastry recipe but I thought I’d also include Anna’s. Extra yummy with raw cream on the side.

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P A S S I O N F R U I T   T A R T

1 large sheet good quality sweet short pastry (see below)
1 ¼ cups caster sugar
5 organic eggs
300 ml double cream
150 ml passionfruit pulp
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra caster sugar to caramelise top of tart

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Lightly grease a 24 cm flan tin and line it with pastry. Put the pastry case in the fridge for 30 mins to rest.
Blind bake the pastry case by covering it with baking paper and filling it to the top with pastry weights (or dried beans or rice). Bake the case in a moderate oven for about 10-15 mins.
Remove the weights and paper then bake the pastry case, uncovered, for a further 5 mins.
Turn the oven down to 150 degrees.
Put the caster sugar, eggs, cream, passionfruit pulp and lemon juice in a bowl and whisk them until they are well combined.
Pour the filling into the pastry base and bake the tart in oven for about 25 mins, or until it’s just set.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
To serve, sprinkle the top of tart with the extra caster sugar and caramelise the sugar with a blowtorch or under the grill. If you use the grill, cover the edges of the pastry with foil to prevent burning.

S W E E T   S H O R T   P A S T R Y

:: makes enough for two 24 cm tarts

300g plain flour
125g icing sugar
150g unsalted butter, diced
1 egg (or 2 yolks), lightly beaten
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend the flour and icing sugar in a food processor to remove any lumps.
Add the butter and pulse the mixture a few times until it’s the consistency of breadcrumbs.
Add the egg and vanilla to the mixture and pulse 2-3 times.
Put the pastry into a bowl and, using your hands, gently push it together to form a ball. (Do not overwork it).
Wrap the pastry in cling film and rest it in the fridge for 30 mins

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20 Comments

  1. Gourmet Getaways
    June 19, 2014

    What a lovely tart! I appreciate your passionfruit facts. I get to better know more about fruits this way, thank you!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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    • lostinutensils
      June 20, 2014

      Thanks Julie, passionfruit certainly packs a punch in more ways than one way 🙂

      Reply
  2. Padaek
    June 23, 2014

    This passionfruit tart looks lovely! I love passionfruit raw – it has such a sweet and distinctive fragrance and flavour. Blow torching the surface of the tart really gives it that x-factor appeal. Yum! 🙂

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    • lostinutensils
      June 23, 2014

      Absolutely! Just cutting a passionfruit open and eating with a spoon is a divine experience 🙂

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  3. Berny @ I Only Eat Desserts
    June 27, 2014

    Yum this looks absolutely delicious and not something too hard to bake – must put it on my to bake list 😀

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    • lostinutensils
      June 27, 2014

      Thanks Berny! It’s an easy one which is always my preference. It will become a favourite 🙂

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  4. Emma
    July 4, 2014

    Nice! Gorgeous passionfruit and crème brulee in one, such a beautiful dessert.

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    • lostinutensils
      July 5, 2014

      Definitely Emma, it has a bit of everything going on! And most importantly easy to make…

      Reply
  5. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext
    July 4, 2014

    This looks amazing! I love passionfruit desserts- definitely got to try it out!

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    • lostinutensils
      July 5, 2014

      Thanks Jess…passion fruit is just an amazing fruit. I’m sure you’ve baked many delights with it. Your blog is awesome 🙂

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  6. Thalia @ butter and brioche
    July 16, 2014

    i love passionfruit! ive tried to grow it too (but without much success) & that passionate fruit tart looks like heaven.. love it!

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    • lostinutensils
      July 17, 2014

      Thank you Thalia. Definitely try growing passion fruit again…once it takes off, it grows itself!

      Reply
  7. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    July 22, 2014

    Wow you’ve given me hope for my gardening failures. Perhaps I can grow passionfruit (one of my favourite fruit :)).

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    • lostinutensils
      July 23, 2014

      It’s so easy and rewarding Lorraine. I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love passion fruit 🙂

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  8. Anna | One Prickly Pear
    July 25, 2014

    This looks amazing! Love passionfruit and blow torching sugar. Yup. This definitely my kind of dessert. Can’t wait to try this 🙂

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  9. Function 9
    March 8, 2015

    This is definitely one of the best tarts ever…blow torching just adds to the entertainment!

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    • lostinutensils
      March 8, 2015

      It is seriously the best, love a bit of blow torch action lol!

      Reply
  10. Nagi@RecipeTinEats
    January 28, 2016

    I’m always thankful about your fruit facts. It helps me a lot to know more about fruits. And your tart looks amazingly beautiful! It’s perfect and absolutely the best!

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