These Thermomix Passion Fruit Tarts have a delicious sweet shortcrust pastry and a rich creamy filling. Perfect for afternoon tea or dessert.
I absolutely adore passion fruit. I love the tartness of it and the tropical taste explosion it gives.
If you love passion fruit then you will love, love, love these passion fruit tarts. They are rich and creamy and indulgent.
And although they look super impressive they are really not that hard to make, thanks to the Thermomix.
They are perfect for entertaining - whether for a decadent afternoon tea with friends or a special sweet treat to finish off a dinner party.
Give them a go; you won't regret it.
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There are two parts to this Thermomix tart recipe: the pastry and the passion fruit curd.
Sweet Shortcrust Pastry
Of course you could just buy some pre-made shortcrust pastry to make this recipe quicker, but making it yourself is way more rewarding and tastes so much better.
You will need the following store cupboard ingredients:
- Caster sugar
- Butter - straight from the fridge is best
- Plain flour
- Vanilla extract
Passion fruit curd
For the passion fruit curd you will need:
- Caster sugar
- Passion fruit - I always make this with the juice strained from fresh passion fruit. You could also use passion fruit puree.
- Egg yolks and egg - this recipe uses 5 egg yolks and 1 whole egg. You can save the egg whites to make meringues.
- Vanilla extract
Making pastry in the Thermomix
If you haven't tried making pastry in the Thermomix then you really should give it a go. It's actually really easy and I promise you, this shortcrust pastry is better than any you will buy.
All you need to do is mill the sugar, then add all the other ingredients to the Thermomix bowl and mix for 30 seconds.
Next turn it out onto a floured surface, bring it together with your hands and shape it into a flattened disc. Do this quickly - pastry does not like to be handled too much.
Then wrap it in plastic wrap or an airtight plastic bag and chilli it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Making Passion fruit curd
This passion fruit curd is absolutely delicious and so easy to make in the Thermomix. It takes a little preparation to sieve the passion fruit, but once you have done that the Thermomix will do all the hard work for you.
To make the passion fruit juice, scoop out the flesh of the passion fruits and press it through a fine mesh sieve. Keep stirring it around with a spoon until you have just the seeds left behind.
To make the passion fruit curd, first mill the sugar for 10 seconds. Then add the butterfly to the bowl, add all the remaining ingredients and let the Thermomix do all the hard work for you for the next 20 minutes.
Making the Tarts
First prepare a muffin tin by greasing and flouring it.
To make the tarts, first you need to roll out the pastry on a floured surface. You can see how thick I roll the pastry in the photos - you could roll it a little thinner if you like, but I just love this pastry and so roll it a little thicker.
Now take a round cookie cutter that is slightly larger than the top of your muffin circle (I use a 4-inch cookie cutter) and cut out shapes in the pastry.
Once you have cut out as many circles as you can, bring the pastry back together with your hands, roll it out again and repeat until you have 12 circles cut out.
Tip: Got leftover pastry? Cut it out with cookie cutters and bake them on a lined baking sheet for 10 minutes and you will have some yummy cookies!
Press the pastry circles into the muffin tin. Make sure you press firmly into the tin base and sides. This will help prevent air bubbles when it bakes.
Now take a fork and prick the base of each circle - again this will prevent air bubbles.
Bake the pastry in the oven for 10 minutes and then allow to cool before adding the filling.
Now spoon the filling into the pastry cases. You want it to go all the way up to the top of the pastry. It won't rise.
Now bake the tarts again for 10-12 minutes until they are set. You can tap the tin and if they wobble they are not quite ready. Transfer them to a wire cooling rack to cool.
Once you are ready to serve them you can top them with some piped whipped cream and a spoonful of passionfruit pulp - or try raspberries and fresh mint leaves.
FAQs and Top Tips
Yes you can make the pastry ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for two to three days. You will need to leave it out of the fridge for around 30 minutes before you can roll it.
Passion fruit curd will last in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. So you can make it in advance and then make the tarts when you are ready. If you are baking with chilled passion fruit curd, you may need to add a couple of minutes to the baking time.
Store these passion fruit tarts in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Yes you can freeze shortcrust pastry. After you have shaped it into a flattened disc, wrap it in plastic wrap or foil and keep in an airtight freezer bag in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Yes you can freeze cooked pastry cases. Layer them between baking paper in an airtight container and freeze for up to 2 weeks. Defrost them in the fridge overnight before filling and baking.
If you have extra passion fruit pulp, it freezes really well. Simply scoop into ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen you can transfer the blocks to a ziploc bag and keep in the freezer.
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For the Pastry
- 100g sugar
- 200g butter, chilled
- 370g plain flour
- 1 egg
- pinch salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Passion Fruit Curd filling
- 100g passionfruit juice (approx. 4 large passion fruit)
- 110g sugar
- 5 egg yolks
- 1 egg
- 115g butter
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
For the Pastry
- Place the sugar in the Thermomix Bowl. Mill for 10 seconds / speed 10.
- Chop the butter into pieces and add to the bowl with the flour, egg, salt and vanilla extract. Mix for 30 seconds / speed 5.
- Turn out onto a floured surface and quickly bring it together with your hands. Shape into a flattened disc.
- Wrap the pastry in plastic wrap or place in an airtight plastic bag and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
For the passionfruit curd
- First prepare the passion fruit juice: Scoop out the pulp from the passionfruit and use a spoon to pass it through a fine mesh sieve. Set aside.
- Add the sugar to the Thermomix bowl. Mill for 10 seconds / speed 10.
- Add the passion fruit juice, egg yolks, egg, butter and vanilla extract and cook for 20 minutes / 80 degrees / speed 3.
Making the tarts
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 C / 360 F. Grease and flour a 12-hole muffin tin.
- Roll the pastry out on a floured surface.
- Use a 4-inch cookie cutter to cut out 12 circles of pastry.
- Press the pastry circles into the muffin tin, making sure you press firmly into the base and sides to prevent any air bubbles.
- Take a fork and prick the pastry all over the base.
- Put the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool in the tin.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 150 C / 300 F.
- Spoon the passion fruit curd into the pastry cases. Go right to the top of the pastry; they won't rise when cooking.
- Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until set. You can tap the tart tin and if it wobbles they aren't quite ready.
- Transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool.
- When ready to serve, decorate with whipped cream and passion fruit pulp, or with raspberries and mint leaves.
Got leftover pastry? Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Place on a lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 180 C and you will have some delicious cookies to nibble on.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 409Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 164mgSodium: 196mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 6g