Recipe: Hibiscus and lime tarts

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With a perfume-like aroma and tangy, fruity flavour, it's no suprise that hibiscus is used regularly in tea, cake and cocktail recipes. With this show-stopping dinner party dessert, we've married dried hibiscus petals with tangy lime to create a creamy curd that tastes as good as its flamboyant hue looks! 

The combination of light meringue, crumbly pastry and rich curd will steal your heart - read on to find out how to make them...

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Makes 12

Ingredients

Meringues

  • 3 egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 160g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp cornflour

Shortcrust tart cases

  • 500g plain flour
  • 80g icing sugar
  • 250g butter, cubed

Hibiscus and lime curd

  • 250g sugar
  • 2 tbsp dried hibiscus petals*
  • 4 limes, peeled
  • 125g butter, cubed
  • 4 eggs, whisked 

Method

Meringues

  1. Preheat an oven to 120°C and prepare a lined baking tray.
  2. In a clean, dry bowl whisk the egg whites along with the salt until they form stiff peaks that remain once the whisk is removed.
  3. Slowly add the sugar, one tablespoon at a time, whisking after each addition. Add the cornflour and whisk briefly for a final time. The whites should be smooth and glossy.
  4. Using a piping bag with a large star tip, pipe inch-wide mounds onto the lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes. At that point, turn the oven off and leave the door ajar for at least 90 minutes.

Shortcrust tart cases

  1. Mix together the flour and icing sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add the butter and rub until you reach a breadcrumb texture.
  3. Gradually add small amounts of water, kneading the mixture until a large ball of dough comes together.
  4. Flatten the dough and wrap in cling film then chill in the fridge for half an hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 190°C.
  6. Turn the pastry out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out until it is the thickness of a pound coin.
  7. Lay into pastry cases and gently push the pastry into the corners.
  8. Trim excess with a sharp knife. Using baking paper and baking beans, weigh down the centre of the tarts.
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly coloured.
  10. Cool on a wire rack.

Hibiscus and lime curd

  1. Add the sugar and hibiscus petals to a blender and blend until the sugar is powdered.
  2. Add the peeled limes and blend until smooth.
  3. Prepare a double boiler by placing a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water.
  4. Add the blended mixture to the bowl along with the butter.
  5. Once the butter has melted, stir the mixture together to combine.
  6. Gradually add the whisked eggs until well combined.
  7. Stir the mixture constantly until the curd reaches a thickened consistency that coats the back of a spoon.
  8. Strain through a sieve and then spoon into the pastry cases. Leave to cool.
  9. Once cooled, top the tarts with the meringue and then serve. If making ahead, store the tarts in the fridge and bring back to room temperature before serving. 

*Always ensure that the flowers you use are safe to consume. We recommend buying your dried hibiscus online here

If you like these, you'll love our delicious Hisbiscus Iced Tea recipe.

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