Rhubarb & Rasp­berry Meringue Tarts

NZ House & Garden - - GATHERINGS -

These gor­geous mini meringue-topped tarts are best eaten on the day they are made, although the curd fill­ing and pas­try cases can be made ahead.

2-3 sheets ready-rolled sweet short pas­try RASP­BERRY & RHUBARB CURD

300g rasp­ber­ries (fresh or frozen)

250g rhubarb, finely chopped

1 large le­mon, zest and juice, plus enough wa­ter

to make ½ cup

170g caster sugar

115g but­ter

3 eggs, beaten

MERINGUE 2 egg whites 120g caster sugar

To make the curd, place rasp­ber­ries, rhubarb, le­mon zest, juice and wa­ter in a medium saucepan and cook over a gen­tle heat for about 20 min­utes, stir­ring oc­ca­sion­ally. Strain mix­ture through a fine sieve or cloth un­til you have ½ cup liq­uid. Leave to cool. (The left­over pulp is de­li­cious folded through yo­ghurt or added to a smoothie for break­fast).

Place caster sugar, but­ter and strained juice in a heavy-based saucepan and heat slowly un­til sugar has dis­solved and but­ter has melted. Very grad­u­ally whisk in the beaten eggs. Cook, stir­ring con­stantly, un­til the mix­ture thick­ens. Cover and re­frig­er­ate un­til needed.

Us­ing a 6cm cookie cut­ter, cut cir­cles from the pas­try. Press into mini muf­fin pans and re­frig­er­ate for an hour.

Heat oven to 180°C. Prick the base of each pas­try case and place in the oven for 7 min­utes (you can use bak­ing pa­per and beans to bake blind but it is fid­dly).

Re­move from the oven and press down any bases that have risen. Re­turn to the oven for a fur­ther 5 min­utes or un­til cases are golden and crisp. Take from oven and al­low to cool com­pletely.

When ready to as­sem­ble, heat oven to 150°C. Make meringue by whisk­ing egg whites un­til stiff. Add 4 tea­spoons of the sugar and whisk for about a minute. Grad­u­ally beat in re­main­ing sugar un­til you have a firm meringue. Spoon into a pip­ing bag.

Place the tart cases on oven trays, spoon in the curd and pipe on the meringue top­ping. Bake 15-20 min­utes. Cool and serve. Makes about 36

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