LE CREUSET BAKEWARE
Raspberry & Rose Curd Tarts
Pretty in pink, these stunning raspberries and rose curd tarts are well worth the extra effort. Making the curd and pastry in advance in fact makes the cooking process quick and simple, allowing you time to decorate with precision.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
FOR THE PASTRY
200g plain flour
100g salted butter, cubed
40g icing sugar
1 tbsp water
FOR THE RASPBERRY CURD
300g fresh raspberries
150g caster sugar
1 lemon, juice & zest
1 tsp rose water
30g corn flour
2 eggs, separated
FOR THE MERINGUE
Reserved egg whites
50g fresh raspberries
1 tbsp pistachios
Fresh mint leaves
YOU WILL NEED:
Large cookie cutter
- First, make the pastry. In a food processor combine the flour, butter, and icing sugar and pulse to form fine breadcrumbs. Crack in the egg and blitz again just until the pastry starts to come together. If the pastry is still a little crumbly, add a little water.
- Remove the pastry from the food processor onto a floured surface and knead together to form a smooth dough. Wrap in cling film and rest in the fridge until required.
- In the meantime, make the raspberry curd. Place the raspberries in a food processor and blitz until smooth. Pass the raspberry puree through a fine sieve to remove all the seeds.
- Pour the raspberry puree into a saucepan over a low to medium heat. Add the sugar, lemon zest and juice, rose water and cornflour. Whisk over a medium heat until thick and bubbling which will take approximately 5 – 6 minutes.
- When the puree is thick, remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Add 2 egg yolks (reserving the whites for the meringue later) and whisk in the butter. When well combined, return to the hob and whisk gently over a low heat for 2 – 3 minutes until you reach ribbon thickness.
- Remove the curd from the heat and allow to cool and thicken further.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.
- Remove the chilled pastry from the fridge and place on a floured surface. Roll out the pastry to 1cm thickness and using a large cookie cutter (1 or 2 cm larger than the tart tin), cut out 6 circles of pastry. After greasing with a little butter, gently press the pastry circles into the tart holes, carefully cutting away any excess pastry.
- Prick the base on the pastry cases and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes – chilling your pastry again will help shrinkage.
- Once cooled, line each tart case with a little parchment paper and fill with baking beans or alternatively rice, dried beans, or pulses. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Remove the cases from the oven, and carefully pour in the cooled curd and return to the oven to bake for a further 10 minutes.
- In the meantime, make the meringue. Place the reserved egg whites in a meticulously clean bowl and whisk to soft peaks. Add the sugar slowly, one spoon at a time, whisking until fully incorporated before adding the next. Repeat until all the sugar is combined and a thick glossy meringue is formed.
- Remove the tarts from the oven and allow to fully cool and set. When cooled, pipe on the meringue decoratively before lightly toasting using a blow torch.
- Finally finish with fresh raspberries, pistachios, and mint leaves.
- Make sure to reserve the egg whites when making the raspberry curd – these can be used to make the meringue for decoration.
- When making the curd, what is ‘ribbon thickness’? To ensure the curd is thick enough to set, you must ensure you reach the ribbon stage of thickness. This is when the curd easily slips off the back of a spoon into the pan but leaves a ribbon trail on the surface of the curd. Leave to fully cool and it will thicken further.