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Gluten-free fruit tart with elderberry lemon curd

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This gluten-free fruit tart surprises you with its flavor-rich taste of elderberries and lemon. Accompanied with almond crust and fruits on the top, this no-bake elderberry tart deserves your attention.

We are all back from the summer holidays and have been invited to our friend’s house to get together. I have been assigned to bring a dessert. With such a big responsibility in mind, I wanted to come up with something unique that would surprise others. Since I like to experiment with elderberries and live in a region where there are plenty, I thought to use them in my recipe. 

Elderberry pie is delicious, but one of my friends who has also been invited is allergic to gluten, so I searched for alternatives. I came up with the gluten-free fruit tart that was delicious and healthy, packed with the medicinal benefits of elderberries. If you have no access to elderberries, you can make this lemon curd instead.

no bake elderberry curd tart

Foraging Elderberries

To make this gluten-free curd tart, you will need to collect three cups of ripe berries, about 20-30 elderberry heads, depending on their size.  Make sure they are black-colored, as the unripped ones (red colored) are toxic.

Because it was the beginning of September, the season of elderberries had just started. 

To fasten the process of stemming the elderberries, you can freeze them for 30 minutes as frozen berries pop off the stems. Removing all the small pieces is impossible, so just don’t bother too much.

You can also buy dried elderberries, or make it with elderberry syrup or elderberry powder

tasty and healthy elderberry lemon curd tart

Gluten-free fruit tart crust

To make this gluten-free fruit tart crust, you need just two ingredients –  almonds and dates. 

Depending on the hardness of the dates, you can leave them soaked in hot water for a while. In the meantime, place the almond with ½ teaspoon of Himalayan salt in the mixer and blend into breadcrumbs size pieces. 

Add dates with one tablespoon of water and pulse. Mix it so it is compact and can easily spread on the bottom of the tart base. 

Use parchment paper to line the cake tin, so it is easy to slide the tart out of the tin when needed.

making crust of gluten free elderberry curd tart
almond crust of elderberry curd tart

Gluten-free fruit tart with elderberry lemon curd

First step

Place 3 cups of washed and cleaned elderberries in a saucepan with ½ cup of water and bring it to simmer. Cook the mixture for 20 minutes while you stir and smash the berries.

Second step

Strain the berries using a cheesecloth or filter and try to press the berries to get as much juice as possible. We will use 2 cups of this juice for the gluten-free fruit tart. You can discard the remaining seeds and skin.

making elderberry juice for no bake elderberry curd tart

Third step

Mix lemon juice and elderberry juice together in a small saucepan and place it over medium heat

process of making elderberry curd tart

Fourth step

Use a mixer to whisk eggs and egg yolks into the foam. While whisking,  add brown sugar to eggs to create a homogenous mixture or yellow color. It is time to slowly pour half of the hot lemon elderberry mixture into the egg mixture. Better to do it in a small stream.

how to make elderberry lemon curd tart
adding brown sugar to the mixture

Fifth step

Continue mixing till all is well incorporated. Then transfer the egg-lemon- elderberry mixture back to the saucepan with the remaining lemon-elderberry juice, place it over medium heat, continue stirring, and watch the mixture till you reach the desired consistency of runny yogurt. It might take 10-20 minutes.

If you are still not able to thicken the mixture at this stage, add one tablespoon of corn starch diluted in 1 tablespoon of water and continue stirring till the consistency is correct. 

Gluten free Elderberry curd tart recipe

Sixth step

Once it has thickened, add melted butter to the mixture. Mix it well and let it cool down before transferring it to the top of the crust.

Seventh step

Let it chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours before decorating the top of the elderberry tart with fruits.

adding fruits on the top of Elderberry lemon curd tart

Fruits on the top

I like to use seasonal fruits, so I used blackberries, blueberries, and grapes from our local market. My friend brought me some figs from her garden to try out.

Feel free to use whatever you like, the creativity is up to you.

piece of curd tart with elderberries and lemon
Can you freeze this gluten-free fruit tart?

I don’t think you will deal with this issue as this elderberry tart will disappear within 24 hours. However, if you want to keep it for later,, you can wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze it. Use it within one month. Don’t forget to remove it 2 hours before serving.

How long does elderberry lemon curd take to thicken to the desired consistency?

It depends on many factors such as the room’s temperature, cooker etc. It was still very runny for me after 10 minutes; however, after 15 minutes, I could see it becoming a little thicker. I continued for another 5 minutes until I was happy with the consistency. So be patient, give it some time and keep mixing the whole time!

Can I make this elderberry tart vegan?

Mean no eggs and no butter? Eggs are essential to achieving thicker consistency, so if you want to skip that ingredient, you will have to use cornstarch to do the job instead. Coconut oil can easily replace butter.

Yield: 10

Gluten-free fruit tart with elderberry lemon curd

fruit curd tart

This gluten-free fruit tart surprises you with its flavor-rich taste of elderberries and lemon. Accompanied with almond crust and fruits on the top, this no-bake elderberry tart deserves your attention.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

Crust

Elderberry lemon curd

  • 1 cup elderberry juice (instruction in the post)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 9 tbsp melted unsulted butter

Fruits on the top

  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • black grapes
  • figs

Instructions

Gluten-free fruit tart Crust

  1. soaked dates in 2 tbsp of hot water for a while.
  2. place the almond with ½ teaspoon of himalayan salt in the mixer and blend into breadcrumbs size pieces.
  3. Add dates with one tablespoon of water and pulse.
  4. Mix it together so the mixture is compact and can easily be spread on the bottom of the tart base. 
  5. Use parchment paper to line the cake tin
  6. Use a spatula to spread the crust evenly in the tart tin

Gluten-free fruit tart with elderberry lemon curd

  1. Place 3 cups of washed and cleaned elderberries in the saucepan with ½ cup of water and bring it to simmer. Cook it for 20 minutes while you stir and smash the berries. 
  2. Strain the berries using a cheesecloth or strainer and try to press the berries to get as much as juice as possible. We will use 2 cups of this juice for our project.
  3. Mix lemon juice and elderberry juice together in  a small saucepan and place it over medium heat
  4. Use a mixer to whisk eggs and egg yolks into a foam. While whisking,  add brown sugar into eggs to create a homogenous mixture or yellow color.
  5. Pour half of the hot lemon elderberry mixture into the egg mixture. Better to do it in a small stream. Continue mixing till all is well incorporated. Then transfer the egg-lemon-elderberry mixture back to the saucepan with the remaining lemon-elderberry juice, place it over medium heat
  6. Continue stirring and watch the mixture until the desired consistency of runny yogurt is reached. It might take 10-20 minutes. If you are still not able to thicken the mixture at this stage, add one tablespoon of corn starch diluted in 1 tablespoon of water and continue stirring until the consistency is correct. 
  7. Once it has thickened, add melted butter to the mixture. Mix it well and let it cool down a little bit before transferring it to the top of the crust.
  8. Let it chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours before decorating the top of the curd with fruits.

Use any fresh fruits to decorate the top

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 423Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 271mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 4gSugar: 32gProtein: 9g

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Fruit curd tart with elderberries
Vladka Merva on September 5th, 2020

4 Comments on “Gluten-free fruit tart with elderberry lemon curd”

  1. That looks super delicious. I love lemon curd and do like the elderberry syrup I make in the fall/winter. The combination sounds so good and doesn’t look too terribly hard to make.

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  2. Oooh what a perfect treat for all those late summer/early fall flavors! You have some lucky friends to get to enjoy this dish with you! Thank you for sharing the recipe – it’s given me all kinds of inspiration now! 🙂

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