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Grapefruit Tartlets - The Aubergine Chef

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In this episode we cover how to make candied citrus peel, par-baked pie dough tartlet shells, and citrus curd. Keep in mind grapefruit peel is very very bitter even candied! So use the zest sparingly, if at all, and the candied zest is mainly a decoration (but is still edible).
Ingredients
For candied citrus peel
  Granulated sugar 20 Ounce
  Water 34 Ounce
  Grape fruit 2 Large, quatered
For tart shell
  Pie dough 200 Gram
  White coating chocolate 2 Tablespoon (Optional)
For fruit curd
  Unsalted butter 6 Ounce
  Granulated sugar 5 1⁄4 Ounce
  Fruit juice 3 3⁄4 Ounce
  Eggs 3 Medium
  Pink food color 2 Drop (Optional)
For garnish
  Chantilly cream 18 Ounce
Directions

GETTING READY
For Candied Citrus Peel:
1. In a saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil.
2. Remove the flesh from the grapefruit quarters separating the peel, set the flesh aside.
3. Using a paring knife, remove the white pith as much as possible, cut the peel in to about ¼ inch thick strips.
4. Add the peel to the boiling sugar syrup, reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about 2 hours or until only the quarter of liquid is left.
5. Remove the peel and put it on a drying rack, and allow to dry overnight at room temperature.

MAKING
For the Tart Shell:
6. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
7. On a clean working table, roll the pie dough to about 1/4 of an inch and cut as per the shape of mini pie cups.
8. Set the rolled dough into the mini pie cups on the tray.
9. Using a fork, poke about 12 to 16 holes on the dough.
10. Line the dough with parchment paper cups and fill it with baking beans.
11. Bake in the oven for about 10 to 12 minutes and rotate the pie cups tray and bake for 4 minutes more until the edges are light brown in color.
12. Remove the pie cup tray from the oven and carefully remove the baking beans from the tart shells.
13. Allow the tart shell to cool down in the pie cup tray for about 30 minutes.
14. Lightly coat the inside of tart shell with white coating chocolate.

For the Fruit curd:
15. In a saucepan, heat together butter, sugar and fruit juice and bring to a boil.
16. In a bowl, beat together 3 eggs.
17. Add the hot fruit juice mixture into the eggs whisking continuously.
18. Put the egg mixture back into the saucepan and heat on medium high heat whisking continuously, until it thickens.
19. Transfer the thickened egg mixture to a bowl and add dash of pink food color and allow to cool.
20. Spoon the egg mixture into the tart shells.

SERVING
21. Pipe the chantilly cream on the top of egg mixture and top with a candied citrus peel.
22. Serve the Grapefruit tartlets at room temperature or chilled as desired.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Bit Difficult
Cuisine: 
French
Course: 
Dessert
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Tart
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Grapefruit
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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