Durian Cheese Tart

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Can’t decide if you’re a fan of this pungent fruit? This delicious fusion delight is sure to change your mind!

Let's start cooking!

Butter, sugar, flour and eggs added to food processor

Step 1 - Make the dough

  • In a food processor, blend 150 g cubed butter, 60 g caster sugar, 1 egg and plain flour until smooth.
  • Transfer to a bowl and knead until smooth, adding 1 Tbsp cold water at a time if it’s too dry.
  • Set aside in a bowl, covered with cling wrap, to rest for 20 minutes.
Almond flakes added to dough

Step 2 - Mix almonds with dough

  • After resting, add in almond flakes to dough and mix well until almonds are evenly distributed.
Pan lined with pastry dough

Step 3 - Roll out the dough and bake pastry

  • Roll out the dough wide enough for a 22 cm spring form pan.

  • Pat pastry into corners of the pan, making sure the pan is evenly lined with pastry before trimming off the excess.

  • Score the pastry with a fork, and then place tin foil over the pastry and fill the top with green beans or baking beads.

    The green beans are to weigh down the shell to ensure the crust retains its shape while baking.
  • Bake the pastry for 20 minutes at 180°C, until crust becomes nice and golden. Remove foil (together with green beans) and set aside to cool.

Egg yolks added to whisked cream cheese batter

Step 4 - Blend the cream cheese base

  • Using a hand or stand mixer, mix cream cheese until smooth. Add in 4 egg yolks one at a time, and mix for another 2 minutes.
  • Add sour cream, ¾ cup honey, ½ cup milk, 1 Tbsp vanilla essence and durian flesh and mix well. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside.
    While blending, occasionally use a flexible spatula to scrape down the sides of the processor to avoid clumps.
Folded meringe and cream cheese

Step 5 - Make the meringue

  • In a separate mixing bowl, whisk 4 egg whites into a meringue. It should look white and fluffy.
  • Fold meringue into the cream cheese batter with a spatula and gently fold until the color is uniform.
Cream cheese batter poured into pastry shell

Step 6 - Fill the pastry and bake

  • Pour batter into pastry shell and bake for 50 minutes at 180°C.
  • Once done, turn off the oven heat and leave the door ajar. Allow it to cool in the oven for an hour or two.

Plate and serve!

Durian Cheese Tart sprinked with castor sugar

Sprinkle caster sugar and cut into slices. Serve at room temperature or cold.

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