Passion fruit tart

by Eddy Van Damme on February 3, 2010

passion fruit tart

I like flavors with a strong character, the kind which hold their own when they are paired with other distinct flavors. One of my favorites, passion fruit falls exactly in this category, not timid but full of life and temperament. Passion fruit works tremendously well with numerous combinations. It perfectly balances desserts which may have components on the sweet side and it perfectly allows for layering a multitude of strong flavors.

flourless sponge cake

Interestingly enough, when used correctly, passion fruit with its prominent aroma and flavor will allow softer flavors to shine thru. Sometimes even enhance, one good example is the combination of passion fruit and apple. In an apple dessert, using the right amount of passion fruit will improve a subtle apple flavor by the presence of passion fruit.

passion fruit cream

Certainly passion fruit and chocolate work gloriously together and this is what I have done in this tart. A prebaked chocolate tart shell with a layer of flourless chocolate sponge cake and topped with passion fruit crème and berries. It’s a combination which would work perfectly for a Valentine’s dessert. Good flavors which appeal to many taste buds

Getting it all together!

Start by making the chocolate tart dough. Besides using it for tarts you can also use it for homemade chocolate sandwich cookies or chocolate ice cream sandwiches. Oh really you ask? Oh yes I say! The recipe is in the On Baking book on page 390. If you do not have the book, then use the tart dough used for Meyer lemon tarts. If desired you can make the tart dough weeks ahead and simply freeze it. The tart does not necessarily need the flourless sponge cake layer but if you are like me and like multiple layers of textures then include it. Do not to confuse flourless chocolate sponge cake with a dense flourless chocolate cake. Find flourless sponge cake on page 387 in On Baking.

The passion fruit crème is delicious and well worth the search for passion fruit puree. Oftentimes it can be easily found in Latin food stores in the freezer.

passion fruit tarts

Passion fruit cream

Yield: for 2 tarts of 8-9 inch diameter (20-24 cm)

1Cup (8 oz) Heavy cream 240 g
¾ Cup (6 oz) Passion fruit puree 180 g
¼ cup + 1Tbsp (2.5 oz) Extra fine granulated sugar (a) 75 g
5 (5) Egg yolks 5
¼ Cup (2 oz) Extra fine granulated sugar 60 g
4 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon (1 ¼ oz) Cornstarch 37 gram
½ Cup (4 oz) Milk, boiling 120 g
  1. In a saucepan bring the heavy cream, passion fruit and sugar (a) to a boil.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk the egg yolks until smooth. Add sugar (b) and whisk rapidly until smooth, add cornstarch and whisk smooth. Whisk in the boiling milk.
  3. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the boiling cream mixture and whisk rapidly to a boil. Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat. Cover the crème with plastic food film and place in an ice bath to quickly cool the passion fruit cream.

12 comments on “Passion fruit tart

  1. Maggie on said:

    Simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Justin on said:

    Looks very delicious. Can’t wait to make this.

  3. Man o man, you are the man. Keep up the great work. Made your macaroons, they are super.

  4. Hilary Adams on said:

    I am always so in awe when I look at your creations! You make such beautiful desserts and you pair the most interesting flavors! I love looking at your blog and I love reading your insights. Thanks for your willingness to share your knowledge with us!

  5. This passion fruit was too strong because it has a high savory flavor. You know that I use to drink one before with a glass cup. It is semi Ok…

  6. shaun fenton on said:

    Both my mom, aunt and sister like passion fruit so i know they are going love passion fruit tart.

  7. shaun fenton on said:

    My mom would like to meet you(dont do it) and ask you a few tips.

  8. Niyah Richardson on said:

    This particular tart had a blast of different flavors. I felt like the passion fruit was reall strong but overall it was a great tart, I enjoyed it.

  9. pradeep.G on said:

    Dear chef ,

    Thank you for the beautiful receipes, i have recently brought on baking cook book, To get some of the recipes in the books only through online ,would you kindly tell me how can i get those recipes.

    With culinary rgds.
    Pradeep.G(Pastry Chef)

  10. Sandra Martinez on said:

    These tarts are truly devine! The tart dough for me is so easy to work with. I enjoy the passion fruit and even more with a almond tart.

  11. Brenda Mata on said:

    many people do not like passion fruit but I know my family and I do I have to make this for christmas

  12. valerie alexander on said:

    this dessert seems a little difficult but i will still give it a try because i love passion fruit.

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