Chai custard tarts with blueberries
250g all purpose flour
A pinch of grated nutmeg
1 egg yolk
Rub together the flour, butter and nutmeg until the texture resembles breadcrumbs. Mix in the sugar and whisk together the egg yolk and whole egg. Slowly add the eggs to the mixture and gently knead just until the pastry forms a ball. Wrap the pastry ball in cling film and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Roll out the dough until 2-3mm thickness and line six 10cm tart rings with the pastry. Return the tart shells to the refrigerator for 15 minutes, while you preheat the oven to 175C.
Prebake the tart shells until golden brown, remove from oven and turn the heat down to 120C.
1 Tbsp. chai spice
160g egg yolks
Pinch of salt
3 Tbsp. cinnamon
3 Tbsp. bitter cocoa
Bring the cream to a boil and dissolve the chai masala in the warm cream. Whisk together the sugar and egg yolks and pour in the warm cream while whisking. Pour through a fine meshed sieve into a jug and skim off any foam forming on top.
Pour the custard into the tart shells and sieve over a mixture of cinnamon and cocoa powder.
Bake the custard for 20 minutes, or until the custard is just set. Remove from the oven and leave to cool to room temperature.
100g wild blueberry purée
20 gr sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
1g agar agar
1/4 leaf gelatine
Soak the gelatine in cold water. Bring blueberry purée, sugar, water, lemon juice and agar to just below boiling. Remove from heat, squeeze excess water from the gelatine and dissolve in the warm liquid. Fully set in the fridge and purée to a smooth gel. Transfer to a squeeze bottle.
To assemble and serve
Fresh herbs (I used a mixture of orange marigold leaves, lemon verbena and lemon thyme)
Pipe dots of blueberry gel on the cooled tarts and place fresh blueberries on top. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve.