Blueberry and Thyme Curd Tarts

These blueberry and thyme curd tarts were inspired by nothing more than my love for all things purple.  I had just seen Jen’s gorgeous blackcurrant & vanilla éclairs and decided I wanted to make something as colorful and vibrant and came up with these little tarts.  There wasn’t much of the thyme flavour noticeable so I would probably try adding a bit more next time.  The blueberry curd is finger licking good and would look and taste lovely on any sponge cake or just served with clotted cream and scones.

 Blueberry and Thyme Curd Tarts

Blueberry and Thyme Curd Tarts

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 6 individual tarts

Blueberry and Thyme Curd Tarts

Ingredients

  • 250g fresh blueberries
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 50g butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 80mls whipping cream
  • 6 small sweet shortcrust pastry cases

Instructions

  1. Put the blueberries, thyme, lemon juice and a teaspoon of water into a pan and bring to the boil.
  2. Simmer for 10 minutes until the fruit is very soft.
  3. Remove from the heat and push the fruit through a sieve set over a bowl to extract as much juice as possible.
  4. Put the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and blueberry juice into a pan and heat until the butter has fully melted.
  5. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool down slightly before adding the beaten eggs.
  6. Return to the heat and keep stirring for 20 – 25 minutes until thickened. The mixture will thicken further once cooled down.
  7. I prefer to strain through a sieve once thickened just to remove any lumps.
  8. Whip the cream until soft peak stage.
  9. Add the blueberry curd to the cream (reserving some curd for decoration) and mix well.
  10. Pour into the tart cases and smooth the tops.
  11. Stir some of the reserved curd through the mixture to decorate.
  12. Refrigerate until set.
http://mygoldenpear.com/2013/07/27/blueberry-and-thyme-curd-tarts-2/

I am entering these into this months Tea Time Treats challenge hosted alternately by Karen at Lavender & Lovage and Kate of What Kate Baked as this months challenge is fresh fruit.

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14 thoughts on “Blueberry and Thyme Curd Tarts

  1. Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes

    These are beautiful and I’m so happy my eclairs inspired you to make something so colourful. These are even better as I cheated by using food colouring!

    The combination of blueberry and thyme is not something I’ve seen before and it sounds really interesting 🙂

  2. Karen S Booth

    SUCH a brilliant entry for Tea Time Treats thanks Angela and such a lovely photo too. I have loved experimenting with different curds this year and this one looks fabulous, especially in the tarts. Karen

    1. Angela Darroch

      If only you knew how difficult I find the photography side of blogging but I do appreciate your lovely comment. In all my time of cooking I don’t think I have ever used lemon thyme so I might try that next time. Thanks.

  3. Choclette

    Those tarts certainly look finger licking good. You’ve made them look so pretty. As a maker of many fruit curds, I have yet to try blueberry. Thyme is a lovely addition, but it is hard to judge just how much to add.

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