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Welcome to a culinary journey blending East and West, combining the exotic allure of dragon fruit with the subtle, earthy flavors of matcha green tea. This tart, set on a sesame-almond crust, brings an unexpected yet harmonious union of tastes that will excite and satisfy your palate. Not only is this tart visually stunning and incredibly tasty, but it also brings together the health benefits of its main ingredients.
Dragon fruit is low in calories but packed with essential vitamins and minerals. It also contains a substantial amount of dietary fiber. Matcha, on the other hand, is rich in antioxidants, enhances calm, boosts memory and concentration, and increases energy levels and endurance.
For the Sesame-Almond Crust:
- 1.5 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the Matcha Custard Filling:
- 2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Pinch of salt
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1.5 cups whole milk
For the Dragon Fruit Topping:
- 2 medium-sized dragon fruits
- 1/4 cup apricot jam for glazing
Dragon Fruit: Slice the dragon fruit in half. Use a spoon to scoop out the fruit, trying to keep it as whole as possible. Slice the scooped dragon fruit into thin pieces and set them aside for later.
Matcha: Sift the matcha green tea powder to remove any clumps and ensure a smooth consistency in the custard.
Sesame-Almond Crust: In a food processor, blend the almond flour, toasted sesame seeds, sugar, and salt until finely ground. Drizzle in the melted butter and pulse until the mixture comes together and forms a dough.
Sesame-Almond Crust: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Press the crust mixture evenly into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch tart pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes until lightly golden and set. Allow the crust to cool.
Matcha Custard Filling: In a saucepan, whisk together the sifted matcha powder, sugar, cornstarch, salt, egg yolks, and milk until smooth. Cook this mixture over medium heat, whisking continuously, until it thickens to a custard consistency. This process usually takes around 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
Once the crust has cooled, pour the matcha custard over it, spreading it evenly with a spatula. Arrange the dragon fruit slices on top of the custard in a pattern of your choice. Heat the apricot jam until it's runny and then brush it over the dragon fruit to create a glossy finish. Chill the tart in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or until the custard is set, before serving.
The measurements are for a tart that serves eight. Feel free to adjust according to your desired serving size.
Serve this Dragon Fruit and Matcha Green Tea Tart chilled, straight from the fridge. For a finishing touch, sprinkle some matcha powder lightly over the tart just before serving. For added creaminess, you could serve it with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.
To store the tart, cover it lightly with plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator. It should stay fresh for up to 3 days.
If you can’t find dragon fruit, you can replace it with other fruits like strawberries or kiwi. For a gluten-free version, you can use gluten-free flour for the crust. If you want to go nut-free, replace almond flour with regular flour in the crust.
Dragon fruit is high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Matcha is packed with antioxidants and can help boost metabolism. The almond flour and sesame seeds add healthy fats and protein.
However, this is a dessert and it does contain sugar and butter, so enjoy it in moderation. (Please note that nutritional content can vary based on the exact ingredients used.)