Persimmon Honey Ginger Tart

Persimmon Honey Ginger Tart

Persimmons are a delightful treat during the winter season. The Fuyu Japanese varietal of persimmon looks like a pumpkin shaped orange tomato, however the flavor is very sweet and slightly tangy with a crunchy to soft texture depending on how long you allow the fruit to ripen. Persimmons can be eaten raw and when they are ripe they are perfect for a persimmon honey ginger tart filled with custard!

Puff Pastry Tart Shells

Puff pastry is a quick and easy way to make delicate and crunchy tarts. You can find them in the freezer aisle of the grocery store. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a cookie cutter, create a 4 inch bottom layer, then poke several holes into the dough to prevent the dough from rising too much as it bakes. For the top layer, cut a 4 inch round, then using a 3″ round, cut a hole out of the center of the 4″ round. Transfer the cut out shells to your baking sheets. Brush the puff pastry with egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water). Bake the puff pastry shells until puffed and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

The bottom of the tart shell rises as it bakes, so pressing the center gently with a fork makes more room for the custard filling and fruit topping.

Custard Filling aka Pastry Cream

Custard cream is my absolute favorite filling for any cake or pastry! To make the custard filling for the tarts, heat milk in a medium saucepan with vanilla bean. When the milk reached 90°F/ 32°C, stir in 3 ounces (120g) of sugar. Allow the milk to come to a boil (simmer and bubble around the edges). In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining sugar with the cornstarch. Place the egg yolk in a separate bowl and add the cornstarch and sugar mixture. Whisk thoroughly to combine, leaving no residual cornstarch.

In the bowl containing the egg mixture, temper the egg yolk mixture with the hot milk.

Return the egg mixture to the pan and cook, whisking vigorously until the cream boils and is well thickened.

 The custard should not have residual starch flavor, so make sure to taste the custard during the cooking and thickening to ensure the starch is fully cooked. The custard should be rich, thick, sweet and aromatic from the vanilla beans. Remove the filling from the heat and chill over an ice bath. Once cooled, transfer the cool custard to a bowl of pastry bag, cover and keep refrigerated until ready to use. When cooled, fill each tart shell with a generous amount of custard filling.

The Persimmon

Persimmon’s are ready to eat when the outside shell is slightly soft when you press the skin. Fuyu persimmons can be eaten raw, so you can enjoy the fruit either crunchy or soft in texture. However, the more time the persimmon has to ripen the sweeter and more honey-like the flavor.

To prepare the persimmon slices, cut the fruit into quarters, then remove the skin from the fruit. Thinly slice the persimmons to about 1/8 to 1/4 inch wedges.

Arrange the persimmon slices into a cylindrical fan on top of the custard filling.

 Honey Ginger Glaze

In a small saucepan, steep ginger in the water and honey mixture over medium low heat, until the mixture reduces by half (1/8 cup). The glaze should be slightly thinner than the honey so that it can be easily brushed on top of the persimmons, yet sticks to the fruit. Generously glaze the persimmon slices with the warmed honey ginger glaze.

The honey and ginger glaze enhances the natural sweet characteristics of the persimmon and the custard cream filling provides a nice contrast in texture to the delicate, flaky and crunchy puff pastry tart shell.

persimmon honey ginger tart

The persimmon honey ginger tart is a simple and elegant dessert for the winter season!

If you like working with Puff Pastry and are looking for something else sweet & delicious, check out my French Palmier Cookie Recipe. Otherwise if you simply enjoy the persimmon fruit, check out my Permission Cookie Recipe.

TIP #1 - Puff pastry is essentially layers of dough and butter, which has been rolled and folded several times to create multiple layers, this labor intensive process is called “lamination”. The end result is a beautiful flaky pastry with hundreds of delicate and beautiful layers.

TIP #2 – When cutting the puff pastry into shapes, make sure to not crimp or smash the puff pastry dough with your cutters or knife. This prevent the layers of butter and dough from rising and separating during baking. For example, if using round biscuit cutter, press the cutter straight down, then lift up; if you press down and turn the cutter, the layers will be destroyed.

Persimmon Honey Ginger Tart

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4 individual servings

Persimmon Honey Ginger Tart

The persimmon honey ginger tart is a simple and elegant dessert for the winter season! The honey and ginger glaze enhances the natural sweet characteristics of the persimmon, and the custard cream filling provides a nice contrast in texture to the delicate, flaky and crunchy puff pastry tart shell.

Ingredients

    Persimmon Honey Ginger Tart-
  • 2 persimmons
  • 1-package puff pastry sheets (Pepperidge Farms)
  • Egg wash for brushing (1 egg with 1 tablespoon of water, mixed)
  • Custard filling, as needed (recipe to follow)
  • Honey ginger glaze, as needed (recipe to follow)
  • Custard Filling-
  • 1 liter of milk, whole
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 180 g egg yolk
  • 225 g sugar
  • 75 g cornstarch
  • 60 g butter
  • Honey Ginger Glaze-
  • 1 slice of ginger, ¼” thick
  • 1/8 cup of honey
  • 1/8 cup of water

Directions

    Puff Pastry Tart Shell-
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Unfold puff pastry sheet on the work surface covered with parchment paper. It is best to cut the tart shells out when the puff pastry is semi frozen, so it is easy to unroll, cut and layer onto your baking sheet.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Using a cookie cutter, create a 4 inch bottom layer, then poke several holes into the dough to prevent the dough from rising too much as it bakes. Brush with a thin coating of egg wash.
  5. For the top layer, cut a 4 inch round, then using a 3" round, cut a hole out of the center of the 4" round. Place on top of the base. Transfer the cut out shells to the baking sheet.
  6. Brush the puff pastry top with egg wash.
  7. Bake the puff pastry shells until puffed and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  8. Custard Filling-
  9. Heat milk in a medium saucepan with vanilla bean.
  10. When the milk reached 90°F/ 32°C, stir in 3 ounces (120g) of sugar.
  11. Allow the milk to come to a boil (simmer and bubble around the edges).
  12. In a mixing bowl, combine the reaming sugar with the cornstarch.
  13. Place the egg yolk in a separate bowl and add the cornstarch and sugar mixture. Whisk thoroughly to combine, leaving no residual cornstarch.
  14. In the bowl containing the egg mixture, temper the egg yolk mixture with the hot milk. Return the egg mixture to the pan and cook, whisking vigorously until the cream boils and is well thickened. The custard should not have a residual starch flavor.
  15. Remove the filling from the heat, transfer into a bowl and chill over an ice bath, once cooled, cover and keep refrigerated until ready to use. If the custard solidifies after cooling, place the custard in a mixing bowl, then using the whip attachment, beat the mixture until smooth.
  16. Honey Ginger Glaze-
  17. In a small saucepan, steep ginger in the water and honey mixture over medium low heat, until the mixture reduces by half (1/8 cup). The glaze should be slightly thinner than the honey so that it can be easily bushed on top of the persimmons, yet sticks the fruit.
  18. Tart Assembly-
  19. Fill each tart shell with a generous amount of custard filling.
  20. To prepare the persimmon slices, cut the fruit into quarters, then remove the skin from the fruit. Thinly slice the persimmons to about 1/8 to 1/4 inch wedges.
  21. Arrange the persimmons slices into a cylindrical fan on top of the custard filling.
  22. Generously glaze the persimmon slices with the warmed honey ginger glaze.
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    • Jessica Gavin says

      Thank you Stacy! The tart shell and custard is so versatile, you can definitely add your favorite fruits through out the year!

  1. JC Marc says

    I just found your site and I love your creations. This tart looks delicious and I am going to make it this weekend – even if I can’t find persimmons. I can’t wait until you are able to receive email subscriptions. Until then, I will be checking back periodically. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi JC! thank you so much for checking out my website and for the sweet complement. Im really glad you mentioned the email subscriptions all this time I thought it was turned on but it wasn’t. If you wish to be notified of my next creation now you can add your email address to the top right of this page (just under my welcome message).

      I hope your tart turns out delicious! :)

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