|½ cup||Unsalted butter; melted|
|2 larges||Eggs; lightly beaten|
|½ cup||Passion fruit juice; (see Note)|
|2¼ cup||All-purpose flour|
|½ cup||Lard; cut into eight pieces|
|¼ cup||Unsalted butter; cut into 4 pieces|
|3 tablespoons||Ice water|
|½ cup||Coarsely chopped pistachio nuts; for garnish|
TOO HOT TAMALES SHOW #TH6215
For the filling: In the top of a double boiler, whisk together the butter, sugar, eggs, and passion fruit juice until the mixture is thick and will hold a line, about 12 minutes. Transfer the double boiler insert to a larger bowl filled with ice and cold water, and stir occasionally until cool. The mixture will be quite thick.
For the crust: In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of the flour, the salt, lard, and butter and rub together with the tips of your fingertips until the mixture resembles small peas. Add the remaining ¼ cup flour and bring together into a rough mass. Add the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time and press into the mixture with a fork or your fingertips just until the mixture adheres into a dough. You may not need all the ice water. Press the dough into a ball and refrigerate for 2 hours.
To assemble the tarts: Roll the dough out to ⅛ inch thick and, using a small plate or a cardboard template, cut the dough into six 4½ inch diameter rounds. Transfer the rounds to 2 baking sheets, prick all over with a fork, and freeze for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Bake the tart bases for 12 to 15 minutes, until slightly golden. Using a large heavy spatula, transfer them to a rack (they crumble easily) and, when cool, spread with a nice thick layer of the passionfruit curd almost out to the edges of the pastry. Scatter the pistachio nuts around the very edges of the tarts and serve. Yield: 6 servings Note: Unsweetened passion fruit juice, which is very sour, is sometimes available frozen. Or, in season scoop out and, if desired (it is not necessary), strain the pulp of 1 passion fruit for each 2 tablespoons juice required.
If you use regular store-bought passion fruit juice, which has been sweetened, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice for each ½ cup of the juice.
Posted to recipelu-digest by molony <molony@...> on Mar 16, 1998
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