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Friday, 8 February 2008

Portuguese Custard Tarts

Portuguese Custard Tarts



Showing the texture of the custard


I really enjoy watching food programmes on television to utter dismay of my family at times! I find food programmes can be an inspiration to try something different or even a base for creating ideas to try out. Anyway I digress, Bill Granger’s programme is airing on BBC 1 on a Saturday morning here in the U.K. at present. Bill came up with a recipe for Portuguese Custard Tarts, which took my attention like a rabbit caught in headlights *giggle*. I knew I had to try these little beauties out having never eaten one before! All that is need to make them is, some butter puff pastry with a simple filling of egg yolks, caster sugar, cornflour, double cream, milk and a little vanilla extract, which makes 12 sized muffin tarts. I used a pastry ring cutter to cut my pastry out as I found this to be the exact size for my muffin tin holes but authentically you just roll the pastry and lay each round in the muffin tin holes. The only adaptation I made to this recipe was, to sprinkle icing sugar over the custard filling five minutes before the end of baking time to enhance a golden colour of the custard.

I can now tell you that these little innocent looking custards are dangerously more-ish so be warned if you happen also to bake up a batch! The pastry has a beautiful crisp texture and the custard is of a sweet smooth lushness. I know these little beauties will be making an appearance many more times in my household.

If you would like to make some of Bill Granger’s Portuguese Custard Tarts here is the [link] for them.

27 comments:

Dhanggit said...

they look really tempting!! i havent tasted any portuguese tart..hmmmm i could imagine the taste already :-)

Rosie said...

Hi Dhanggit, they really are very addictive but don’t do as I did and eat one hot lol It burnt the roof of my mouth *ouch* I really let my greed get the better of me that time teehee…

Lovely to *see* you and thanks for calling by! :D

Rosie x

nicisme said...

I was tempted by these too. Have to say that yours look so much nicer though! I would have a hard time stopping at one....

ruthEbabes said...

Oh yum, I haven't had a custard tart in years and years! I may just have to save time and buy one when I'm out today!

Jeena said...

Such an indulgent treat Rosie. A creamy custard filling inside a delicious pastry mmmmmmmm....

They look great! :-)

Rosie said...

Hi nicisme, Oh my *giggle* hubby had three in one go and you would have laughed if you’d have seen me tackling a hot custard hahahaha…

Hi ruthEbabes, Welcome and lovely to *see* you here! :D You enjoy your custard tart always nice to have a treat huh?!

Hi Jeena, very, very indulgent these should carry a health warning SO very addictive!! Ekkkk…….

Thank you ladies for calling by with your very kind comments too! :D

Rosie x

Sugarcraft India said...

Lovely tarts Rosie!!

Even I enjoy watching the food progs on TV..sometimes they show lovely stuff there...

Rosie said...

Hi Swati, I am quite hooked on foodie programmes I must admit, but I wouldn't have ever thought about these custards if it weren’t for watching Bill Granger! :D

Lovely as always to *see* you here and thanks for taking the time to call by! :D

Rosie x

Amelia said...

I love tarts! I even tried a pandan flavoured one when I was in New York City, it was weirdly tasty.

Bellini Valli said...

I think these would do even for my breakfast :D

Pixie said...

They sound fabulous...now I'm craving a bit of portuguese food, followed by a tart for dessert.

Maria said...

Oooo Rosie you have me drooling here. I adore Portuguese Custard Tarts. Yours look really wonderful and delish.

Maria
x

Uma said...

These custard tarts look so lovely.

Happy cook said...

I love to watch saturday the cooking programme in BBC1. Well i like James too :)
But these days i can't watch anyway not fully as my daughter learns in the morning and then i am keeping a eye on her. But inbetween i take a peep :-)
Custard tart looks so good

Antonia said...

My Saturday morning treat after a busy treat is a cup of tea and breakfast in bed whilst watching Saturday Kitchen and then Bill Granger (...but don't tell anyone!)I spotted these tarts in Madeira whilst on holiday last year and thought they looked delicious - yours look wonderful!

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Rosie,

When I was a child I used to love custard tarts... I haven't had them since then... sometimes they were shaped like big ravioli, filled with custard and topped with icing... delicious!
I must make it for my children.

Margot

Donna said...

You've done it again girl!! I feel 5 lbs heavier!! LOL Night Sweetie!! hughugs

MrsB said...

wow, rosie your tarts look delicious! We use to sell these when i worked in Nandos and they taste so nice but yours look even nicer!

Rosie said...

Hi Amelia, I’ve not heard of pandan flavoured before, I must look this flavour up. I really enjoy tarts too and custard ones are my favs lol :D

Hi Val, me too I could eat these anytime now I’ve tasted them heehee…..

Hi Pixie, mmmmm… you are so tempting me, wouldn’t it be perfect to cook a main Portuguese dish followed by a tart – perfect ! :D

Hi Maria, I am sure you would enjoy making these having had the ‘real’ deal before. Just don’t eat whilst hot like greedy me burning my mouth lol :D

Hi Uma, they are SO addictive too :D

Lovely as always to *see* you here and thanks for taking the time to call by! :D

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Happy, children have to come first when learning but pleased you’re able to sneek in a few moments of the Saturday food programmes :D James Martin is easy on the eye too *giggle* on Saturday kitchen heehee…….

Hi Antonia, my lips are sealed I wont tell anyone heehee… great recipe from Bill Granger and just the right amount of custard filling without any leftovers :D I bet those tarts in Madeira would have been gorgeous, I’m hooked now on them!!

Hi Margot, oh my those tarts sound really delicious, I do hope you will make some and blog them – drool – drool :D

Hi Donna, I know after eating two I must be 5lb heavier! They are very addictive I couldn’t stop at one, greed got the better you see lol ……. :D

Hi Mrs B, Maria from “The Goddess Kitchen”, also mentioned to me that Nandos sell these tarts and they are delicious! We haven’t a Nandos here where I live – good job or I’d be in there every day heehee……

Many thanks for all your wonderful comments and also for calling by! :D

Rosie x

Happy cook said...

Rosie I have a Nice Matters award waiting for you in my Blogg

Cakelaw said...

Hi Rosie, I love both Portugese tarts and Bill Granger (the latter is sooo handsome). Unfortunately Bill's shows are only on pay TV here, so I haven't seen them, but I have a few of his books - I bought the latest, Holiday, just before Christmas. Love his light, tasty dishes.

Rosie said...

Hi Happy, thank you SO very much for thinking of me for this wonderful Award I am so thrilled!! :D I can pass this on too and put smiles on a few faces!!


Hi Cakelaw, ;) oh yes Bill Granger is very eye candy indeed *giggle*. Such a pity Bill is only on pay view in Aus! I have quite a few of Bills books too and I gather this recipe is from his Everyday book.

Many thanks ladies for popping by and for your lovely comments!

Rosie x

Aparna said...

Rosie, these tarts look great.
I spent a couple of months in Portugal sometime back and have eaten them. There, the most famous of these tarts are made at a place called Belem.
I am definitely making these sometime this year. Thanks for reminding me of them.

Rosie said...

Hi Aparna, oh wow thanks for the information where they are made in Belem. I would love to try an original. Enjoy your time baking these too can’t wait to view them. Many thanks for calling by always lovely to see you! :D

Rosie x

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

They look perfect, Rosie - absolutely perfect! Couldn't send some over, could you? ;)

Rosie said...

Hi F F of S, awe thanks :) LOL - my wish would be to share with all my friends my bakes!

Many thanks for calling by always lovely to see you! :)

Rosie x