Dec 11, 2010

Homemade Chinese Custard Tarts

Homemade Chinese custard tarts

Recipe credit - Australian women’s weekly Chinese coking class cookery book

Egg tarts, custard tarts, or egg custard tarts are a kind of pastry popular in many parts of the world but particularly in Chinese and Western European cuisines. The tarts consist of an outer pastry crust, filled with egg custard and baked.

Makes: 30 tarts

You need

3 cups ( 300 g ) of plain flour

185 g ( 6 oz ) lard / soften butter

5 tablespoon hot water

Pinch of salt

For custard:

3 eggs

1/3 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups milk

Few drops of yellow food coloring ( optional )

*** The yellow food coloring can be omitted from the custard, but it does give the deep colored custard that is characteristic of these tarts.

Oven temperatures are as follows :

Electric oven : hot 250-260 C ( 475-500 F )

Moderately hot : 220-230 C ( 425-450 F )

Gas oven : hot 200-230 C ( 400-450 f )

Moderately hot: 190 C ( 375 F )


To make the pastry sift flour and salt into bowl. Rub lard / butter into flour until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.

Mix in hot water to form a firm dough. Knead lightly on lightly floured surface.

Roll out into 3mm (1/8in ) thickness. Cut out with an 8cm ( 3 in ) fluted cutter. Put into greased patty tins.
Beat together eggs and sugar. Gradually add milk. Mix in food coloring. Mix well. Pour custard carefully into prepared pastry cases. Bake in hot oven for 10 minutes, reduce the heat to moderately hot. Cook further for 10- 15 minutes, until set.

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Priya Sreeram said...

looks swell- thx for sharing !

Ms.Chitchat said...

Nice looking tarts,beautiful clicks.