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Florida Grapefruit Tart With Cardamom Cream PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 06:34

Makes: 4 to 6 servings
1 1/2 cups whole milk
5 cardamom pods, crushed
5 extra-large egg yolks, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water
1 tablespoon Florida grapefruit zest
Pinch Kosher salt
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 refrigerated pie crust
3 ruby red Florida grapefruit, peeled, white pith
removed, cut into segments
Maldon smoked salt, for sprinkling

Place milk and cardamom pods in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring often, until small bubbles form around the circumference of the saucepan. Turn off heat, cover and steep for 20 minutes. Beat egg yolks and sugar together in a stand mixer at medium-high speed until pale yellow and very thick, about 5 minutes. Turn the speed down to low, then add the cornstarch.

Meanwhile, strain milk into a measuring cup. Stir in orange blossom water and grapefruit zest, along with a pinch of salt. Keeping the mixer on low, slowly pour in the milk mixture, beating until just combined. Transfer the milk mixture to a medium saucepan over mediumlow heat. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until it comes to a boil, 5 to 10 minutes.

Switch to a whisk; whisk constantly until it has thickened to the texture of pudding. Turn heat off. Stir in heavy cream and then strain into a large bowl. Place plastic wrap on the actual surface of the pastry cream, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Once pastry cream is chilled, pre-heat oven to 425∞ F. Place pie crust in 9 1/2-inch tart pan. Prick dough evenly with fork to keep it from puffing up in the oven.

Bake for about 12 minutes or until the pie crust is just golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. Just before serving, pour the pastry cream into the tart crust and even out. Decorate with concentric circles of grapefruit segments. Sprinkle with smoked salt and serve immediately. For individual tartlets: Divide pie crust among four 4 3/4-inch tart pans. Bake at 425∞F. for about 10 minutes or just until golden brown.