Granadilla curd and mascarpone tart

Tomorrow morning at 06h50, I’ll be making a granadilla curd & mascarpone tart in association with Sasko Flour live on Expresso Breakfast Show, SABC3.

Making pie pastry for sweet tarts shouldn’t be a challenge. It is really easy, and the smell and taste of golden, freshly baked pastry is simply superb. Even better if you have a food processor: it will do all of the work, and will cut your preparation time in half.

This blind-baked vanilla pastry shell is filled with a layer of mascarpone cheese and topped with a deliciously zesty granadilla curd. It is sweet and tangy, yet creamy at the same time. A perfect tea-time treat for anytime of year!

Ingredients for pastry: (Makes 1 large tart to serve 12)

  • 600 ml (300 g) Sasko Cake Flour
  • 30 ml (25 g) castor sugar
  • seeds of ½ vanilla pod, scraped out
  • 200 g butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 45 ml water

Ingredients for granadilla curd:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 250 ml  (220 g) castor sugar
  • 200 ml granadilla pulp (from approx 12 granadillas)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon (or 1 small lemon)
  • 100 g butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 (200 ml) tub mascarpone


  1. Pre-heat oven to 200 C.
  2. In a large bowl, sift the flour and mix in the castor sugar and vanilla seeds.  Cut the butter into cubes and rub into the flour (or process in a food processor) until it resembles fine breadcrumbs .
  3. Add the egg yolks and water, then bring together with your hands to form a soft dough. Add a tablespoon of water if you need to. (Or process in a food processor untill the dough just comes together in a ball.)
  4. Wrap the pastry with clingfilm, then chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Roll out and line a 29 cm tart tin.
  6. Bake the pastry blind* for 12 minutes, then remove the baking paper and beans and bake for another 5-8 minutes until golden and cooked through.
  7. For the curd: place the eggs, egg yolks and sugar in a small saucepan.  Whisk until well combined then add the granadilla pulp, lemon juice & butter.
  8. Stir continuously over moderate heat until thickened enough to coat a spoon.
  9. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  10. Once the base has cooled, spread over the mascarpone.  Pour the granadilla over and spread evenly.  Allow to chill slightly before serving.

*To bake pastry blind:

After lining the tart tin with pastry, tear a sheet of baking paper just larger than the tart tin.  Press into the pastry, then pour over baking beans (from specialist cook shops) or fill with normal dry rice/beans.  This makes sure the pastry cooks before the filling is added, and does not puff up and rise in the oven.  Keep the used rice/beans in an airtight container as they can be used multiple times.

TIP: Buy your favourite fruit curd ready-made from your local supermarket.

(Recipe courtesy of Sasko Flour)

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  1. I shall be watching…..looks delicious!!

  2. Looks yum – will have a look!

  3. Looks lovely. I would really like to try this when the British summer kicks off. I am only sorry I don’t live in SA to see it made live on SABC! I am relatively new to the blogging world but love reading yours. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thanks for your comment! So great to hear that I am part of someone’s inspiration. Makes me very happy. 🙂

      1. Definitely inspirational!

        1. Thank you “Tasy Pi”!

    2. Sorry for the very late reply, Tasty Pi! Thanks for your comments – will definitely be checking out your blog too! 🙂

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