With summer around the corner, I thought a couple of citrus desserts would hit the spot.
2 cups sugar, divided
1/4 cups cornstarch
2 tablespoons grapefruit zest, divided
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 1/4 cups water
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh grapefruit juice, divided
6 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons butter, softened
3 cups toasted pecans
6 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon ground cardamon
3 large egg whites
In a medium saucepan, whisk together 1 cup sugar, cornstarch, 1 tablespoon zest, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add 1 1/4 cups water and 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice, whisking until smooth. Whisk in egg yolks. Cook over medium-high heat until thickened, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in softened butter.
Line a baking sheet with plastic wrap. Pour curd onto prepared pan, and press another piece of plastic wrap directly onto surface to prevent a skin from forming. Place pan on a wire rack, and let stand until cooled to room temperature. Refrigerate until chilled.
Preheat oven to 350℉.
In the work bowl of a food processor, place pecans; process until finely ground. In a medium bowl, stir together ground pecans, brown sugar, melted butter, cardamom, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Press 5 tablespoons pecan mixture into bottom and up sides of each of 12 (4 1/2x2-inch) removable-bottom tartlet pans.
Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool on wire racks. Spoon curd into cooled tartlet shells.
In the top of a double boiler, whisk together egg whites and remaining 1 cup sugar. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Stir in remaining 3/4 cup grapefruit juice and remaining 1 tablespoon zest. Transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat at high speed until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Transfer meringue to a piping bag fitted with a large rose tip. Pipe meringue onto cooled tartlets. Using a kitchen torch, brown meringue, if desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve tartlets with removable bottoms still intact.
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