Portugese Custard Tarts
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Portugese Custard Tarts

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Serves 1 - 12 Tartlets

My version of the yummy traditional tarts found in Portugal

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  • 1 whole egg (large)
  • 2 egg yolks (large)
  • 115g golden caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 400ml full fat (creamy) milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry


    1. Lightly grease a 12 hole muffin tin and pre-heat oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas 6
    2. Put egg, yolks, sugar & cornflour in a pan and mix well together then gradually add the milk until mixture is well mixed and smooth.
    3. Place pan on medium heat and stir constantly until mixture thickens and comes to the boil. Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
    4. Put custard in a glass/ceramic bowl to cool and cover with cling film to prevent skin forming.
    5. Cust pastry sheet into two pieces and place them on top of each other. Roll the pastry tightly, from the short side, into a log and cut the log into 12 even sized rounds.
    6. On a lightly floured board, roll each round into a disc (approx. 10cm) and press the pastry discs into the muffin tin.
    7. Spoon in the cooled custard and bake for 20-25mins until golden on top. Leave to cool in the tin for 5mins then move to a cooling rack to finish cooling although they can be eaten warm.

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8th Apr, 2016
i dont really see how this has so many 5 star ratings.... the custard is really flavourless, and the pastry is terrible. i followed the recipe to the letter! i dont know why mine turned out like this, i.e. nothing like the picture, or like a portugese custard tart ive had from a bakery. instead they look like yorkshire puddings that someone spooned a bit of custard into.
Evil Eve
18th Aug, 2016
I agree with you but if you roll the discs on icing sugar I found that they look & taste almost exactly how they should. My 1st ones were as you said but last night's ones were PERFECT!
6th Jul, 2015
Just made these for my m8, to cheer her up! They are lovely and sweet,I only had 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract left but they are very vanilla tasting never the less!!!!!! I will make them again definitely.
6th Aug, 2014
I just had the real thing in Portugal and they were so good I had to find a recipe to make them myself. I will let you know how they come out :)
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30th Jul, 2014
Made these. They were delicious! Took about an hour.
4th Jun, 2013
I am thinking about doing an assessment for school and this would be a great recipe to use to go towards it but i really need to know haw long it takes- can anyone tell me???
3rd Dec, 2011
my friend was raving about these last night ..gona have a go...will report back!
22nd Nov, 2011
Tried these, they were yummy! Equally nice both warm and cold


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