Passionfruit, Pear & Limoncello Custard Tart

Difficulty - Medium
Prep time - 60 minutes
Cook time - 30 minutes
Serves - 6-8

Passionfruit, Pear & Limoncello Custard Tart

The sweet juiciness of passionfruit and the tangy sharpness of limoncello, paired with the soft, pillowy creaminess of cream fraiche will no doubt leave your guests wanting a second (or third!) helping. Decorated with eye catching candied citrus fruits, this one’s a showstopper.

Tips with Butter

Need finely chopped butter? Use frozen Westgold and a cheese grater for the best results.

Ingredients

Pastry:

125g Westgold butter

200g flour

60g icing sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Custard:

4 egg yolks

100g sugar

500ml milk

45g cornflour

1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated

1 Tablespoon Limoncello liqueur

 

4-5 pears

1 cup water

1/3 cup sugar

2 Tablespoon lemon juice

2 Tablespoon honey

 

Topping:

200g crème fraiche

1 cup cream

2 Tablepsoon icing sugar

4-5 Tablespoon Limoncello liqueur

4-5 passionfruit

edible flowers

 

Candied citrus fruit:

1 lime, 1 lemon, 1 mandarin 

1 cup sugar

¾ cup water

Method

To make the pastry:

Put butter, flour and icing sugar into a food processor and pulse until like breadcrumbs.  Beat egg and vanilla together with a fork and add to flour mix.  Pulse a few times to bring the mixture together being careful not to overmix. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 mins. 

On a lightly floured bench, roll the pastry out and line a 24cm tart tin.  Refrigerate for 20mins.  Preheat the oven to 170deg C.  Line the tart shell with baking paper and fill with baking rice and blind bake for 15mins.  Remove the baking paper and rice and continue cooking the pastry until cooked through.  Leave to cool.

 

To make the custard:

Gently heat the milk in a saucepan.  Whisk together egg yolks and sugar until creamy.  Stir in cornflour.  Pour a little hot milk into the egg mix to loosen it, then pour it all back into the hot milk, stirring all the time until it comes to the boil.  Remove from the heat, stir in the zest and limoncello.  Press plastic wrap onto the top of the custard to prevent a skin forming.  Leave to cool.

 

To poach pears: 

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan, except the pears and bring to the boil.  Peel, core and quarter the pears and simmer, covered in the liquid until the pears are tender.  Leave to cool.  Strain.

 

To make the topping: 

Using a whisk attachment, whip the cream, icing sugar and crème fraiche together until thick.  Fold in the limoncello. Refrigerate.

 

To make candied citrus fruit: 

Bring sugar and water to the boil.  Slice the citrus fruit as thinly as possible.  Place fruit into the sugar syrup and simmer gently for about 20mins.  Turn off the heat and leave to cool in the syrup.  Lay out on a cake rack to drain.

 

To assemble tart: 

Place tart shell onto serving plate.  Spoon in the cooled custard and smooth out.  Slice pear quarters in half and arrange on the custard.  Spoon over the cream topping.  Decorate with citrus fruit, edible flowers and fresh passionfruit pulp.  Serve.

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