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Star Fruit Tart

Star Fruit Tart

Carambola! The word sounds more like a call for people to party! The Carambola/Star Fruit’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.


  • Don’t cut/slice the Star Fruit 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

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


Star Fruit Tart

Star Apple Sliced

An easy pie tart for Christmas. This quirky fruit with a mild sweet and tart taste is shaped like a star when sliced crosswise. Its physical structure is made of many sides, hence, it’s Filipino name is called “balimibing” in reference to a political turncoat having “many sides”.

  • Author: amusingmaria.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Filipino




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


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


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


  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Melt 1 tbsp butter on medium heat on stove top
  3. Add star apples, brown sugar, and cornstarch and mix gently
  4. Cook in medium low heat for 3 minutes or until mixture thickens and set aside
  5. Unroll pie crust on a lightly greased cookie sheet
  6. Spread lemon curd evenly on pie crust
  7. Add star fruit-sugar mixture in middle of pie crust, and spread evenly
  8. Fold and tuck sides of pie crust and brush butter evenly on the crust
  9. Bake for 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown
  10. Take out of oven and brush jelly glaze over the tart


  • Serving Size: 2-4



  1. Diane
    at Reply

    Hi, Can’t wait to try this beautiful dessert. Just wanted to mention, not sure “star apple” is the right term. Here in the tropics, we call it starfruit. A star apple is a purple round fruit. Maybe a different name in the Philippines?

    • AmusingMaria
      at Reply

      Diane, thank you! You are so right. I’m editing it now, salamat. Thank you for pointing it out. Star Apple is Caimito! One of my favorite fruits in the Philippines.

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