I love maracuyas or passion fruits. The smell brings back childhood memories of drinking refreshing glasses of passion fruit fresco or juice; it was especially good after a long walk home from school or after running around on the farm. It also brings memories of just picking ripe ones from the vine, biting the hard skin off and sucking out the fresh fruit. I previously posted a recipe for passion fruit tiramisu that I made in Ecuador this summer and was complaining about the lack of passion fruits in the US and the high cost when you did find them. I got a message from a lady who owns a farm that grows passion fruit in California and sells them at a lower cost that you pay at the grocery store, so I ordered a good amount of them. I could have easily just eaten them all as is, but I also decided to use some for cooking and making cocktails (of course!).
The great thing about this tart is that you can make even without fresh passion fruit, you can use the frozen concentrate for the filling and it works perfectly. Most Latin grocery stores sell frozen passion fruit pulp, this list of Latin food resources might help if you are looking for places to purchase it. If you have plenty of fresh fruit then you can make your concentrate by blending the pulp with a tiny bit of water and then straining out the seeds, for the topping I use the fresh pulp as is, seeds included. If you only have a few fresh fruits then use the frozen pulp for the filling and fresh ones only for the topping. I pre-baked the tart shells for this passion fruit tart, the filling just needs about 20 minutes to bake for it to set, so I wanted the tart shells to be almost fully baked. I initially did a test where I used a chilled unbaked tart shell and put the filling directly without pre-baking or blind baking the tart crust. The test tart was decent – it had to bake for about 40-45 minutes, but the texture of the filling was not as smooth and creamy as with the tart where I used the pre-baked shell. The quantities are for 2 tarts, trust me this tart is so good, that you will regret it if you only make one!
Homemade tart dough recipe
Homemade sweet tart with a tangy passion fruit filling
- 1 ½ cups of sugar
- 1 1/3 cups of passion fruit concentrate (from fresh fruit or using frozen concentrate)
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 10 eggs
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 tart shells, unbaked, homemade tart tough recipe is here
- Fresh passion fruit pulp to garnish, if you have enough to cover the whole tart you can do so, but even just one fresh passion fruit will give you enough to just add a little extra bite to the tart
- Pre-heat the oven to 375F.
- Make sure the unbaked tart shells have rested at least 30 minutes in the fridge.
- Cover the tart shells with parchment paper and fill with rice, beans or tart weights.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, and then carefully remove the parchment paper with the rice/beans/weights.
- Bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the bottom of the tart shell starts to get golden.
- Remove from the oven and let cool down.
- Combine the sugar, the passion fruit juice and lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to mix until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add the eggs and continue mixing until well incorporated.
- Use a whisk to stir in the cream.
- Strain the passion fruit filling using a thin mesh strainer.
- Pre-heat oven to 350F.
- Pour the passion fruit filling into the pre-baked tart shell. This filling will not rise or increase in volume so pour in as much as you can.
- Bake at 350F for 20 minutes, the tart filling will be set by then.
- Remove from oven and let the tart cool down.
- Top with fresh passion fruit right before serving.