Saturday, 18 April 2009
A Hong Kong inspiration - Portuguese Egg Tarts
On our recent trip to Hong Kong, The Lovely Wife found that she really enjoyed the egg tarts there. Although egg tarts are available in Malaysia, and they are pretty good too, she found that the ones in Hong Kong were really delicious. On our last night in Hong Kong, she tried Portuguese Egg Tarts and to say that she liked them would be a serious understatement!!
Portuguese Egg Tarts have a puff pastry shell as opposed to shortcrust in normal egg tarts. The egg custard is also a different consistency.
I decided I wanted to try and make these tarts for her!
For starters, I surfed the web. Then I talked to a few friends who had made this before and then I surfed the web some more. I finally came up with this recipe that is an iteration of different recipes off the web and also the experience of my friends.
The recipe calls for puffed pastry but rather than making my own which would take hours, I decided to use a ready rolled sheet - and I had one left over in the freezer!
This is what I did:
1 sheet Puff pastry
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cream
2 egg yolks
Roll up the puff pastry like a swiss roll and chill for a little while. Meanwhile, make the custard. Heat the milk and cream and then dissolve the sugar into it. Set aside. Beat the eggs and egg yolks until combined and then slowly add a little of the milk mixture into the eggs to temper them. Pour the tempered eggs back into the milk mixture, whisking constantly. Strain the custard mixture and set aside.
Cut rounds from the pastry and roll it out to a thin circle and line a muffin pan with the pastry. Fill the pastry lined muffin pan with the custard mixture till slightly more than 3/4. Bake in a preheated 220C oven for about 25 minutes. The custard will billow up and get browned but will sink back once removed from the oven and cooled.
The Lovely Wife was rather surprised at how well the tarts turned out! It wasn't as good as the one's she had in Hong Kong but she was still very impressed - and that made me really happy. This is a picture of how the Portuguese Tarts in Hong Kong looked like.
Mine don't look too bad in comparison do they??!!
When I surfed the web for recipes, no one told me that the eggs would billow up so I thought that I was in for a disaster! It turned out really well although I think my pastry was a little too thick. Next time I will roll out the pastry till it is thinner and I will also cut down on the sugar a little bit as we found it a tad too sweet.
All said and done though, this was a very successful endeavour and I can now add Portuguese Egg Tarts to my list of things I can make!