Sunday, April 12, 2009

Portugese Egg Tarts

I am really thankful for the long weekend. I was hoping to bring the kids outdoors, but little Nathalie's rashes were getting worse and the advise from the doctor is to keep her cool and keep her indoors.

Nathalie is allergic to milk. Tried supplementing with formula a couple of weeks ago and she vomited and hives appeared all over her body. We spent the night at the hospital.

Not so sure what triggered this round of rashes. She scream when the itch is bad and we won't allow her to scratch. My heart aches each time I hear her scream. There are raw patches at the back of her knee, her wrists and her neck. Her cheeks are really red too. Poor little Nathalie. Thankfully, we have many aunties and uncles in church praying for her, praying for her speedy recovery.

I found some time to bake a simple recipe - the Portugese Egg Tarts. I never thought egg tarts can be easy, but this one uses store bought puff pastry, so really no sweat at all. The result is really good, even my gourmet MIL and hubby likes them.

The lovely custard.

I only dared to eat half... because of little Nathalie, I really have to avoid dairy products.

Here's the recipe, you can find it in many blogs out there too.

Portuguese Egg Tarts Recipe

500g ready made puff pastry

200g whipping cream
300g milk
80g sugar
3 eggs3 egg yolks
1/4 tsp vanilla essence

1. roll our the pastry to a rectangular shape about 3mm thick. Roll it up like a swiss roll. Chill until firm.
2. divide the pastry into 25g portions, flatten the pastry and roll it into about 3mm thickness. press onto the tart moulds.
3. filling: cook whipping cream and milk until 70c. stir in sugar and cook until sugar dissolves. add into the beaten eggs and egg yolks. mix until well blended. lastly add in the vanilla essence. set aside to cool.
4. pour the filling into the pastry tarts from step 2. then bake at 220C for 20-25mins.

I did not bother to roll up the pastry and chill it. I simply use a round cutter to cut and then lined it into foil cups. I made a total of 12 egg tarts.

Do try it. Its easy and the results .. delicious.