Bachelorette Passion Fruit Rose Tarts
Monday kicks off season 29 (It’s been 19 season of the Bachelor and 11 of the Bachelorette) of the Bachelorette. This show has the same predictable moments every season, but somehow I tune in every time. I know they’ll say something about finding love, knowing their future husband is in the room, the right reasons for being there and of course the ladies will be somehow shocked at how hard it is to be on the other side of the rose.
I thought of making something chocolate dipped or more traditionally (cheesy) romantic, but then I found some fresh passion fruits and I knew I had to use them. I’m going to have some friends over the watch the premiere and I will be serving passion fruit tarts topped with bouquets of strawberry roses. I highly recommend making the tarts, they are so good – not too sweet, flavorful but not overpowering and the cookie crust is the perfect contrast. If you don’t make the tarts you can still flowerize a few strawberries for the occasion.
- Combine cookie crumbs (I like a mix of graham crackers and Nilla wafers) with salt and melted butter (brown the butter for an incredible flavor boost).
- Press the cookie crumbs into the pie shells, create an even layer on the bottom and sides.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 5-8 minutes until the crust comes together.
- In a medium bowl combine the lemon juice, passion fruit juice (fresh passion fruit is preferable but juice will still taste great) and sugar. Whisk together to dissolve the sugar and then add the cream and eggs. Combine thoroughly.
- Pour the filling into the crusts and bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. If you are using a full size pie shell it will take closer to 45 minutes.
- Make strawberry roses. Use a sharp knife to cut thin slices on the all four sides of the strawberry, use the knife to position theses ‘rose’ petals outward. Cut another round of petals a little further into the strawberry, this row doesn’t need to be as thin. Depending on the size of the strawberry you may be able to add a third row of petals.
- Once the tarts have come to room temperature you can refrigerate them until they are ready to be served. Just before serving add the roses, place them on top of the tarts or use toothpicks to give them height.