What can compare with the light crust and delicate flavor of Egg Custard Tarts? Here are a few tips to help you make this delicious dim sum favorite at home:
A. The Crust
. It's fallen out of favor recently, but lard will produce the kind of lighter, flakier crust you want.
Make sure you have a large enough surface for rolling out the dough
. This is a delicate dough that doesn't take kindly to repeated rolling and shaping. If you don't have a large enough cutting board, roll the dough out on a a large piece of parchment or wax paper.
B. The Filling
Lightly beat the eggs
. Stir the egg lightly with chopsticks or a fork, trying not to produce any air bubbles.
Before preparing the custard, make sure the filling ingredients are at room temperature
. This helps prevent the filling from separating. Scalding the milk before adding to the other custard ingredients also helps.
Milk, Cream or ?
Feel free to experiment, depending on how rich you want the custard to be.
One final tip
: Yellow food coloring will give the custard that lemony look found in restaurant dishes.
Egg Custard Tart Recipes
Egg Custard Tarts
: A basic recipe
Portuguese Custard Tarts
: made with cinnamon