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Mini Passionfruit Meringue Tarts

Our lodger has left the premises.  And we will miss him.  Barnaby was with us for four weeks and we fell in love with him.  He was terrific company for Rosie and once they established their relationship they spent the evenings snuggled up to each other on the couch.

Makes 12

Mini Passionfruit and Meringue Tarts

I do think Rosie will find things rather ho-hum without her lodger friend.

Passionfruit Curd

Passionfruit Curd

With one less dog in the house the weekend has been rather quiet.  Even more quiet because Archie and Arabella beetled down to the snow in my car leaving me stranded.  Archie has been zooming around on skis while Arabella leans on her cripple sticks watching from a distance.  She has just a few more days on crutches but even if she was off them, there is no way I’d allow her to ski.

Individual Passionfruit Meringue Tarts.

Individual Passionfruit Meringue Tarts.


And even the little guy has been absent.  He has spent his weekend at a friend’s house and so I’ve had some peace and a chance to put a few things in order.

They bonded!

They bonded!

Remember how I made passionfruit curd?  Well it takes egg yolks so you always have the egg whites left over.  One way to use up the egg whites is to make meringue which partners very well with either lemon or passionfruit.

Rough up the meringue

Rough up the meringue to create peaks

But we’re not here today to talk about lemons as I’ve made mini-passionfruit and meringue tarts where, if you didn’t have passionfruit, you could definitely substitute lemons.

Get going with the blow torch

Get going with the blow torch

These little tarts are the perfect way to finish off a meal or enjoy for afternoon tea or you could even take them to the office to put smiles on everyone’s faces.  Once the curd is made, these don’t take long to make because this recipe works with a short-cut; packaged pastry!  You are welcome to make your own pastry from scratch but I think we all deserve a short cut now and then.

Little tarts

Little tarts

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Mini Passionfruit Meringue Tarts
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
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Serves: 12
 
Mini Passionfruit Meringue Tarts that can be a dessert or an afternoon treat.
Ingredients
  • 1 packet rolled shortcrust pastry, thawed
  • ½ quantity passionfruit curd - see recipe on the link provided on the blog post
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup water
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 200C (400F).
  2. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
  3. Place pastry on a lightly floured bench and cut out 12 8cm circles.
  4. Gently place each circle of pastry into the muffin tin. Prick the base with a fork. Line with baking paper and fill with pastry weights. Bake in oven for 15-mins or until edges are lightly browned.
  5. Remove from oven. Remove pastry weights and paper. Return to the oven for 5 mins or until base is crispy.
  6. Remove pastry cases from tin and allow to cool. Fill with passionfruit curd but no higher than the edge of the tart shell.
  7. In a small saucepan combine sugar and water over low heat. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves and do not allow to boil.
  8. Once sugar has dissolved do not stir. Increase the heat and bring to the boil. Insert a candy thermometer and bring to 104C (220F).
  9. Meanwhile, beat egg whites in an electric mixer until stiff whites appear. Once the bubbles have dissolved, gradually pour sugar syrup into egg whites in a slow steady stream while egg whites are still beating. Once sugar syrup is added, continue to beat until the bowl feels warm rather than hot.
  10. Spoon meringue on to tarts and rough up the edges (looks better than a smooth finish when blow-torched).
  11. Blow-torch meringue without burning yourself or your bench.
  12. Tarts are best served within a couple of hours of being made.
Little tarts

A perfect little snack

Comments

  1. Sending big hugs (from Scotland). XXXXX

  2. I love that pic of the two pups. What on earth did Barney’s owner do that they needed to hotel him for four weeks? Your tarts look amazing! I use ready made puff pastry too, no crime there!

    • Hi Eva, they were fortunate enough to be invited to two 50th birthdays in different countries in Europe. We volunteered to look after Barnaby thinking he would be good company for Rosie. He’s a really lovely, friendly, well-behaved dog and is welcome again any time.

  3. The problem with these little ones is that you keep going back for just one more. And then another one. And maybe another one…..nice problem to have I guess!

  4. I love that these take the egg whites leftover from your passionfruit curd and bring everything together into a gorgeous looking dessert. The tarts are very cute and I suspect far neater than mine would be!

    I hope you enjoy the quiet house while it lasts…

  5. I bet you feel half lost without all the activity at home Charlie – enjoy the quiet.
    I could go a couple of your wonderful mini passionfruit meringue tarts with a nice cup of tea.
    Have a wonderful and happy week ahead.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  6. Danielle says:

    Rosie and Barnaby are so cute together! As are these mini tarts, what a great idea. I hope you had a lovely weekend catching up with things sans kids.

  7. Gorgeous little tarts. I’m about to abandon my sourdough starter experimenting and get back to some real cooking and baking and I’d love to do something with the pre-baked pastry pie shell in my freezer. A meringue pie would be very tasty. No passionfruits just passionfruit jelly in my pantry. 🙁

  8. These are lovely.

    I failed to mention on the last post about the snow, come to Minnesota if you ever want to enjoy the snow. We have plenty.

  9. Tonette Joyce says:

    Lovely and oh, I DO hope Arabella finally gets healed!

  10. These look really cute and delicious. Rosie will miss her friend, won’t she? GG

  11. Oh the lodger has gone, sad for Rosie. I did enjoy hearing about your lodger. Love these tarts Charlie. I love passionfruit

  12. Just lovely! I want one now.

  13. Oh, I do wish it was the passionfruit season here!

  14. Oh I love passion fruit so these would be quite the treat for me. Quiet days are few and far between so I hope you got to enjoy yours.

  15. Delish little tarts charlie. The dogs look so cute together Was it nice having a quiet weekend ? Hasn’t it been cold lately ?

  16. A quiet weekend is a bit special. I’ll bet they don’t happen that often.
    I adore passionfruit or lemon curd, it’s the perfect marriage with meringue. Will always win hands down over a chocolatey something or other, every time!

  17. The puppies looked so cute together. Those meringues looked pretty yummy as well. Have an awesome night 🙂

  18. Another terrific use for that curd.

  19. Mmm Charlie I could gobble up a few of these right now. I hope you enjoyed your weekend of peace!

  20. You’re right, the best thing to do with curd is make meringue! And I bet she misses him a lot. I wonder how dogs cope with things like that? They can’t really call each other or email!

  21. What adorable doggies! I seem to have inherited my daughter’s dog, as he isn’t fond of the new baby. So now I have three dogs. Beautiful tarts. REally

  22. Every time I see a photo or read a post about some touchingly cute dog, I think I might be ready for another (still not over the loss of my precious Angus in that way that you never get over missing them). And every time I read about you making something mouthwateringly wonderful dish featuring passion fruit, it makes me think I need to get in my car and just head south until I find some!

  23. I love those rare quiet days. The perfect time to enjoy one of your gorgeous tarts with a cup of tea! They look spectacular!

  24. Aw, hope Rosie isn’t too lonely without her new bud. These tarts look so delicious. I love curds so much but never think to make them. I think it’s because when you make them with citrus there’s a lot of juicing you have to do…

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