Verdict: Win

I love egg tarts, but my bar has been set quite high after growing up with Mrs. Wu's famous egg tarts and family visits to Chinatown. These satisfy my craving, but I wish the custard was a little thicker. Next time I'll also roll out the dough for the crust thinner. A cupcake pan makes an adequate substitute for pretty tart tins.

Cantonese Egg Tarts from Christine's Recipes
Yield:10-12 egg tarts

For crust:
225 g plain flour
125 g butter
55 g icing sugar
1 egg, whisked
a dash of vanilla extract

For custard: 3 eggs
110 g caster sugar
225 g hot water
85 g evaporated milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For crust:
Place butter at room temperature until softened. Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer over medium speed until the mixture is smooth, fluffy and light in color. Add in whisked egg, half at a time, beat over low speed. Add vanilla extract, mix well. Sift in flour in two batches, scraping down the sides of the bowl between additions with a spatula, and make sure all ingredients combine well. Knead into dough.

Roll out the dough to a 1/2 cm thickness. Cut dough with a cookie cutter that is just a bit smaller than your tart tin in size. Line dough in the middle of tart tins, one by one. Lightly press the dough with your thumbs, starting from the bottom then up to the sides. While pressing the dough, turn the tart tin clockwise/anti-clockwise in order to make an even tart shell. Trim away any excess dough.

For custard:
Add sugar into hot water, mix until completely dissolved. Whisk egg with evaporated milk. Pour in sugar water and mix well. Sift egg mixture to get rid of any foam into a tea pot. Carefully pour egg mixture into each tart shell.

For baking tarts:
Preheat oven to 200C (about 395 degrees F). Position rack in lower third of oven. Bake tarts for 10 to 15 minutes until the edges are lightly brown.

Lower the heat to 180C (about 355 degrees F). Keep an eye on them. Once you see the custard being puffed up a bit, pull the oven door open about 2 to 3 inches. Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes until the custard is cooked through. Just insert a toothpick into the custard. If it stands on its own, it’s done.


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