Portuguese Custard Tarts

Marsh FarmSeptember 30, 2020

There's nothing more satisfying than a creamy homemade custard. Cut a corner and use ready rolled puff pastry for a quick and delicious Portuguese treat.


Pastry cases
250g golden caster sugar
2 eggs
4 egg yolks
50g cornflour
500ml whole milk
1 vanilla pod seeds
2 tbsp icing sugar
1 tbsp ground cinnamon


  1. Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C. Make a sugar syrup by bringing the sugar and 200ml water to the boil. Reduce until syrupy and allow to cool.
  2. Whisk the eggs, egg yolks and cornflour until smooth in another large pan. Heat the milk and vanilla pod seeds in a separate pan until just below the boil.
  3. Gradually pour the hot milk over the eggs and cornflour, then cook on a low heat, continually whisking. Add the cooled sugar syrup to the custard and whisk until thickened slightly.
  4. Pour the custard through a sieve. and into the pastry cases. Bake for 15 mins until the pastry is golden and the custard has darkened.
  5. Cool completely in the tins then sift over icing sugar and ground cinnamon to serve.

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