Saturday, May 21, 2011

Egg Custard Tarts Recipe

Egg custard tart
Egg custard tarts are really simple to make, and delicious if done well. These tarts are particularly popular in Hong Kong where it is also called Hong Kong style egg custard tart. Portugal has a version called pasteis de nata. These are popular in other Asian countries as well. Even KFC in some Asian countries has custard tart on its menu.

The recipe below is for the basic version using milk and eggs. There are many variations that use cream, evaporated milk or condensed milk. I am sure these will be even more delicious but I decided to stick with the basic milk version since milk is easily found in most pantries.

As you can see I didn't roll out the dough very well. Its not the prettiest looking tart but delicious to eat nevertheless.  

2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
2/3 cup butter (or mixture of lard and butter)
4 tablespoons of hot water

Custard Filling:
2 eggs, room temperature
1 ½ cups whole milk
½ cup sugar
Vanilla extract (optional, authentic Hong Kong version does not use it)

1.       Heat oven to 160 degrees
2.      To prepare the pastry cut the butter, add flour and work the butter flour mixture with the tips of your fingers, until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
3.      Add hot water, one tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together. You may need more or less water
4.      Cover the dough and refrigerate
5.      To prepare the custard lightly beat the eggs, making sure not to incorporate any air bubbles.
6.      Stir in the milk and the sugar
7.      On a floured surface, roll out the dough until it is about 3 to 4 mm thick
8.      Use a pastry cutter to cut out 18 circles that are 8cm in diameter
9.      Fit the circles into the tart shells and pour the filling into the shells
10.   Bake until the custard is cooked and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean (about 35 minutes)


  1. I really like egg custard tarts, they remind me of the end of meals in Chinese restaurants that I go to with my friends :) Now I can make them at home too!

  2. its amazing how there are so many similar foods amongst countries! beautiful tart! i bet it would be delicious with some fresh berries too!!! :D

  3. I love LOVE custard tarts. I'm glad to hear people all over the world love them too. Marked as a "must make"

  4. oh these look great adore egg custards

  5. A delicious tart! I love custardy desserts.



  6. This has a melt in your mouth pastry! yum! Most of the time I prefer flaky versions of this BUT if it is warm and out of the oven fresh... it's a winner!

  7. mmm I love egg custard tarts - thanks for the recipe!


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