• Thursday , 17 August 2017
Star Apple Tart

Star Apple Tart

Carambola! The word sounds more like a call for people to party! The Carambola/Star Apple’s cross section is shaped like a star which makes this a fun fruit to use during the holiday season. It’s a fruit common in the Philippines and I remember eating barely ripe tart carambolas dipped in sea salt.  It ‘s  flavor is mild and sweet when it’s ripe which makes it a great fruit to use for desserts.

Fun Fact: We call this fruit Balimbing (Bah-leem-bing) in the Philippines since the fruit has many sides. The word Balimbing means a person who is unloyal or has many faces/sides or a political turncoat.

Tips:

  • Don’t cut/slice the Star Apple too thin or the “star” will fall apart
  • Use a medium sized sauce pan to evenly cook star apple filling
  • Use jelly glaze after baking to make the pie look shiny

Carambola Galette-1Carambola/Star Fruit

Carambola Galette-2Trim the edges carefully to keep the star shape

Carambola Galette-4Don’t slice too thin, take seeds out carefully

Carambola Galette-5Cornstarch and Brown Sugar, cook for 3 minutes

Carambola Galette-6Lemon Curd on Pie Crust

Carambola Galette-8Lift and fold sides of Pie crust around Star Apple Filling

Carambola Galette-10Bake for 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown

Star Apple Tart

Ingredients:

Filling:
2 carambolas cut crosswise and seeded
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tbs cornstarch
1 tbsp butter

Crust:
1 pie crust (store bought)
2 tbs lemon curd (or any jam/jelly)
1 tbs butter

Glaze:
1 tbsp fruit jelly
1 tsp water
*warm on stove top for a few seconds in microwave and mix well

Directions:

*Pre heat oven to 450 degrees

1. Melt 1 tbsp butter on medium heat
2. Add star apples, brown sugar, and cornstarch and mix gently
3. Cook in medium low heat for 3 minutes or until mixture thickens and set aside
4. Unroll pie crust on a lightly greased cookie sheet
5. Spread lemon curd evenly on pie crust
6. Add star apple-sugar mixture in middle of pie crust, and spread evenly
7. Fold and tuck sides of pie crust and brush butter evenly on the crust
8. Bake for 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown
9. Take out of oven and brush jelly glaze over the tart

Carambola Galette-9Merry Christmas and  a Happy New Year!

 

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