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Aug 10 2009

Portuguese Custard Tarts – With a Blackberry on Top!

Published by at 10:27 pm under Desserts

This season, we had a ton of blackberries in our garden and they are absolutely succulent and sweet! I’ve been looking for a dessert recipe that could utilize some of these berries, and although the one I decided to do didn’t call for blackberries at all, I felt inclined to top it with them anyway! I think it just makes it so much more flavorful – and not to mention, cuter. The custard itself was very easy to do, but what I found most tedious was rolling out the puff pastry to fit into each muffin compartment. But in the end, I was pleased with the results and I have to give thanks to Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella who tweaked the original Portuguese Custard Tart recipe to make it healthier! I did, however, have to convert the recipe from grams and milliliters to cups so that it would be easier for most of us to measure.

In a mixing bowl, combine 2 egg yolks and 1 whole egg with 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 2 tbsp cornstarch.

In a mixing bowl, combine 2 egg yolks and 1 whole egg with 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 2 tbsp cornstarch.

Gradually mix in 1 3/4 cup milk into the mixture and whisk until smooth.

Gradually mix in 1 3/4 cup milk into the mixture and whisk until smooth. The original recipe calls for majority heavy cream, but replacing it with milk works just as fine.

Place the mixture in a pan over medium heat and stir until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tsp of vanilla extract. Transfer the custard to a bowl and cover with a plastic wrap and let it cool.

Place the mixture in a pan over medium heat and stir until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tsp of vanilla extract. Transfer the custard to a bowl and cover with a plastic wrap and let it cool.

Using store-bought puff pastry, take one sheet out and roll it until it forms a log. Cut into 1 cm rounds and roll each one out with a rolling pin until you can fit them in your muffin tin.

Using store-bought puff pastry, take one sheet out and roll it until it forms a log. Cut into 1 cm rounds and roll each one out with a rolling pin until you can fit them in your muffin tin.

Spoon the custard into each tart and bake for 20-25 minutes in a 400-degree oven until the pastry gets browned.

Spoon the custard into each tart and bake for 20-25 minutes in a 400-degree oven until the pastry gets browned.

You can choose to top it with any berries you have on hand, or enjoy them as is. They taste great hot out of the oven, or even cooled the next day. This version is not overly sweet, so you won't feel too guilty having a few of these. If you enjoy "dan tat", which is the egg custard tart typically served at Dim Sum restaurants, then these will be just as yummy!

You can choose to top it with any berries you have on hand, or enjoy them as is. They taste great hot out of the oven, or even cooled the next day. This version is not overly sweet, so you won't feel too guilty having a few of these. If you enjoy "dan tat", which is the egg custard tart typically served at Dim Sum restaurants, then you will really love these!

To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Portuguese Custard Tarts

14 responses so far

14 Responses to “Portuguese Custard Tarts – With a Blackberry on Top!”

  1. Huyenon 10 Aug 2009 at 10:43 pm

    OMG! I’m totally going to be making these soon! They look delicious!

  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigellaon 11 Aug 2009 at 12:16 am

    Oh great! So glad that you liked them. Aren’t they just litlte bites of heaven? I like how you paired them with blakckberries too :)

  3. anncooon 11 Aug 2009 at 2:10 am

    Oh…this really makes drooling :D

  4. Nutmeg Nannyon 11 Aug 2009 at 7:27 am

    These look super delicious! I love the blackberry on top. It’s like a little gem just waiting to be eaten:)

  5. Jamieon 11 Aug 2009 at 10:31 am

    I have always wanted to make Portuguese Custard Tarts and you make it look so easy! And the results are fabulous! I’m next on the food blogger list to make these babies!

  6. cessy831on 11 Aug 2009 at 11:16 am

    these look so cute! (and tasty, of course)

  7. The Diva on a Dieton 11 Aug 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Gosh those are pretty – especially with the blackberries. Yum!

  8. Zoéon 11 Aug 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Yummy! I’m wanting to eat some now, straight away, for breakfast!

  9. npmon 13 Aug 2009 at 2:21 am

    Portuguese egg tarts are popularly sold here in S’pore & M’sia. Yours look just fantastic with the blackberry on top. I love yr tarts and your garden!!

  10. Natasha - 5 Star Foodieon 14 Aug 2009 at 10:10 am

    These are just adorable and look so delicious! I just got some nice blackberries so I’ll be making these tarts this weekend!

  11. BNDQ8on 29 Dec 2009 at 3:27 am

    easy and nice recipe..love the way u have illustrated it.. i have not tried custard with cream..will do that..thanks… :)

  12. deana@lostpastrememberedon 29 Dec 2009 at 7:00 am

    These look so good! I imagine a small tray of them for tea on a cold winter day!!! Great photo too!

  13. algarve Portugalon 09 Dec 2010 at 2:11 am

    Wow! They look amazing! If only i could be bothered to make some… :(

  14. Amelia Lootenlorgeon 16 Apr 2011 at 3:17 pm

    This looks nasty!!!! I don’t want 2 taste it!!!!

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