RECIPES

Passion fruit and chocolate tart

Rich chocolate mousse and ganache is balanced with the tangy citrus flavours of passionfruit in this extravagant tart.

For this recipe you will need a piping bag fitted with a 1cm/½in plain nozzle and an electric mixer.

Ingredients

For the pastry

For the macarons

For the passion fruit layer

For the chocolate mousse layer

For the passion fruit jelly

For the buttercream

For the passion fruit ganache

To finish

  • small yellow and purple edible pansies (optional)

Method

  1. For the pastry, put all the ingredients, except the egg white, in a food processor and briefly blitz to combine. Add a few drops of water and pulse to bring the dough together. Cover with cling film and chill for 20 minutes.

  2. To make the macarons, blitz the ground almonds and icing sugar to a fine powder using a food processor. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed. Add the caster sugar and whisk until glossy. Add a drop of the food colouring and stir through. Fold the powder mixture into the egg whites. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a plain nozzle.

  3. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Pipe small rounds of the macaron mixture about the size of a 10p coin then set aside until they form a skin. Preheat the oven to 160C/140C Fan/Gas 3.

  4. Bake the macarons for 12-15 minutes, or until they are no longer sticky to the touch. Place the macarons on wire racks to cool.

  5. Roll out the chilled pastry on a lightly floured work surface until it is about 4mm thick. Line a 23cm/9in tart tin with the pastry. Chill for 20 minutes.

  6. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.

  7. For the passion fruit layer, put all the ingredients in a saucepan and whisk gently over a low heat until it thickens.

  8. Line the pastry case with baking parchment and fill with baking beans. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Remove the baking beans and brush the pastry with the egg white.

  9. Pour in the passion fruit layer and return to the oven for 10 minutes, or until set. Allow to cool slightly then place in the fridge to chill.

  10. For the chocolate mousse layer, melt the chocolate drops, butter and marshmallows together until combined. Leave to cool.

  11. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed. Fold in the chocolate mixture then whisk it in the bowl of a freestanding mixer for approximately 10 minutes, or until very pale in colour and fluffy. Pour on top of the passion fruit layer, smooth the surface and chill again.

  12. To make the jelly, combine the sugar and passion fruit in a pan with 100ml/3½fl oz water. Bring to the boil then squeeze any excess water from the gelatin and add to the pan. When the gelatin is dissolved, pour the mixture into a 23cm/9in sandwich tin lined with cling film. Chill until set.

  13. To make the buttercream for the macarons mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a 1cm/½in plain nozzle. Use the buttercream to sandwich the macarons together.

  14. For the passion fruit ganache, heat the cream in a pan then add the chocolate drops. When the chocolate is melted, stir in the passion fruit, leave to cool slightly then smooth on top of the chocolate mousse and chill in the fridge until set.

  15. To assemble the tart, cut the jelly into cubes. Decorate the top of the tart with the macarons, some squares of jelly and pansies.