Here it is – the token commentary on the turn of a new year. Happy new year folks! Entering the third year of covid my expectations for the next three hundred odd days are frankly below sea level so here’s wishing that we are all alive, physically and spiritually, at the end of 2022. Cheers and enjoy these scrumptious pictures.
This is a recreation of these tarts I made too many summers ago. It seems like eons ago when I felt the warm gusts of wind against my bare face and sun-kissed cheeks. I was transported back to those magical carefree moments when I spotted punnets upon punnets of fat blueberries on the shelves of the local supermarket. I made the recipe almost exactly as I did, only replacing the passionfruit puree with freshly squeezed lemon juice. I also broke out my new oblong tart molds which I love to death because of how chic they make the finished product look. I’d like to think I’ve improved on my blueberry stacking skill as well – working with a smaller surface area and stacking them higher is key for the perfect looking hill.
Blueberry Lemon Tartlets
makes 5 to 6 tartlets
For the tart dough:
102 grams all-purpose flour
30 grams icing sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
64 grams unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 large egg yolk
For the lemon curd:
66 grams sugar
1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
60 ml lemon juice
112 grams unsalted butter, cubed and softened at room temperature
For the cream cheese mousse:
110 grams cream cheese
40 grams sugar
60 ml heavy cream
For the the decoration:
Make the lemon curd: Rub the lemon zest into the sugar until the sugar has moistened. Whisk in the egg, egg yolk and lemon juice. Heat over a pot of simmering water, whisking constantly, until the mixture has thickened and reaches 180F. Strain into a food processor or blender and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate overnight.
Make the tart dough: Put the flour, confectioners’ sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse to mix. Add the pieces of butter and pulse until the butter is cut in coarsely. Add in the egg and pulse to combine. Combine the dough into a ball, flatten, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple hours. Roll the dough out and press into the tart molds. Refrigerate for another couple hours.
Make the cream cheese mousse: Beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Whisk the mixture until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, whip the cream to soft peaks. Fold in the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture in three batches, taking care not to deflate the whipped cream. Refrigerate overnight.
Bake the tart shell: Preheat oven to 200C. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Set aside to cool in the molds. P.S. I highly recommend using perforated silicon mats and tart molds to prevent the dough from puffing up during baking.
Assemble the tart: Fill the tart shells with lemon curd and smooth the top with a spatula. Transfer the cream cheese mousse to a piping bag and pipe rows down the centre of the tart, with an extra row on top of the middle for height. Arrange the blueberries in a tight formation around the cream cheese and finish with a brushing of clear glaze, mint leaves and freshly grated lemon zest.