Passionfruit Mango Coconut Tartlet


These tartlets are my take on the classic lemon meringue pie. To switch things up I decided to replace the key component lemon by replacing it with passionfruit, mango and limes. As for the meringue I wanted to make it slightly less sweet by making a very simple coconut cream which works perfectly with the passionfruit and mango. I have never been a fan of sweet, heavy deserts and this recipe chases more light and sour notes. The great thing about these types of deserts are that they can be prepared a few days in advance or done bit by bit to make things easier. Let's get straight into it!

Total Cook Time 45 mins / Total prep Time 2 hours / Additional Rest/Chill Time

To yield 6 tartlets


Passionfruit Lime Filling:

75g passionfruit concentrate

zest and juice of 1 lime

60g soft unsalted butter

70g white sugar

125g whole egg (2 large eggs approx)

75g egg yolk (4 egg yolks approx)

1 gelatine sheet

Coconut Short Crust:

130g plain flour

30g cornflour

15g almond flour

30g dessicated coconut

90g unsalted butter

55g icing sugar

30g whole egg

pinch of salt

flour for dusting

Coconut Cream:

200g coconut cream

30g icing sugar

Mango and Toppings:

1 whole under ripe mango

100ml water (stock syrup)

75g white sugar (stock syrup)

1 lime juice and zest

1 lemon juice and zest


Coconut Short Crust:

  1. Let's begin by making the coconut short crust pastry, 1 key factor to keep in mind when making short crust is to work in a cool environment, as when left in a warm environment short crust can be super difficult to work with. Now to start, in a large mixing bowl add 130g of plain flour, 30g of cornflour, 15g almond flour, 30g desiccated coconut, 55g icing sugar, a pinch of salt and finally 90g of cubed chilled unsalted butter. Either place the bowl into a stand up mixer or mix with your hands until the butter is incorporated into the flour and the flour has a crumble like consistency.

2. Next add 30g of whole egg and briefly mix again until a cohesive ball of dough is formed. When ready remove the dough from the mixing bowl and place onto a work top. Lightly dust the dough with flour then using our hands briefly knead to smoothen out the dough. Next place a sheet of parchment paper onto the work top and place the dough on top. Add another sheet of parchment paper over the dough and using a rolling pin flatten out the dough into a large rectangular sheet as thin as you can. Store the dough in the refrigerator to chill for approx 20-30 minutes as at the moment will be too difficult to work with.

3. After 20-30 minutes of resting, the dough should be nice and cool and much easier to manage. Traditionally the dough is chilled for 2 hours then rolled but I find this method much quicker. We now want to roll out the dough as thin as possible again until the dough gets to approx 3-5mm thick. Before we cut the dough, lightly grease 6 7.5cm in diameter ring cutters with a touch of cooking oil. Now using the ring cutter cut into 1 half of the dough to make 6 rings then fill and place the rings onto a baking tray lined with a silicon mat or baking paper.

4. For the remaining half of the dough or if there is not enough dough you can re roll the scraps and roll out again to make a long rectangular piece of dough. When ready cut the dough into strips thick and long enough to cover the rim of the pastry rings. Carefully and tightly line the rings ensuring the 2 doughs are connected and the rings are tightly lined. Trim away the excess dough sticking out of the rings and lightly prick the base of the dough with a fork. When all of the rings are lined place back into the refrigerator again to chill for a further 25-30 minutes before baking.

5. When the lined tartlets are chilled they are ready to bake. As a safety net I like to blind bake the tartlets to prevent the base of the dough from rising. Simply line each tartlet with cling film then fill in with either baking beans, rice, or some form of pulses. Next preheat an oven to 160°c then when at temperature add the tartlets and blind bake for 12 minutes. After 12 minutes remove from the oven and pull out the baking beans and bake for a further 8 minutes again on 160°c until nice and golden brown. When cooked remove from the oven and place onto a cooling rack to completely cool the tartlet cases. These cases can be stored at room temperature making it easy to be made well in advance.

Passionfruit Lime Filling: