I was the happy beneficiary of some fresh passion fruit from one of my co-workers about a week or so ago. Well, they finally ripened up enough for me to use so I decided to make passion fruit bars. Passion fruit, is a somewhat sour acidic tropical fruit which lends itself very well to this application as well as being turned into curds as discussed in previous post or really anything that you’d use citrus.
There’s two parts to this recipe, first is the shortbread base and then the curd that goes on top. You’ll need to bake and completely and allow to fully cool to room temperature before working on the curd topping. We have quite a few Vietnamese markets here that sell frozen passionfruit juice and its also available at our local Whole Foods. Look for one that doesn’t have sugar added, if you can’t find unsweetened, reduce the sugar in the filling by a couple of tablespoons. If you’re not able to locate passion fruit, use any combination of citrus juice you have available. You’ll need a 9×9 brownie pan to make this recipe. I’d suggest using a metal pan versus glass so the sides of the bars do not brown too much.
½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup All Purpose Flour
¼ tsp salt
3 TBS granulated sugar
3 TBS powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 325F
In a large bowl mix all the ingredients by hand until it is a sand like texture.
Press into a 9×9 brownie pan that’s been lined with parchment paper and spayed with cooking spray or greased with butter.
Dock the dough a few times to prevent the crust from rising/bubbling up.
Bake crust in an oven preheated 325F and bake for 30 minutes or until shortbread turns a light golden brown along the edges.
3 large eggs
½ cup passion fruit juice
1 tsp fresh lemon zest
2 TBS lemon juice
½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
pinch of salt
3 TBS All Purpose flour
Powdered Sugar for dusting
Mix all the ingredients except for the flour together until well mixed. Slowly mix in the flour a tablespoon at a time until mix is free of lumps and the flour has been thoroughly incorporated. Pour filling mixture into the baked and cooled crust. Bake in an oven preheated to 350F for 35-40 minutes or until filling is set. Dust with powdered sugar and cut into squares to serve.