I love chinese egg tarts. It’s one of my favorite things to get from chinese bakeries. The sweet pastry shell compliments the egg custard so well.
They aren’t too hard to make, but it is a little time consuming since you have to shape the individual tart shells. In the past, my egg tarts have tasted fine but are never as pretty as the ones in the bakery.
When you bake egg tarts, the egg custard inflates and collapses after they have cooled. As a result, my egg tarts don’t always look so pretty. The egg custard part always had bubbles or holes. You can see how my past egg tarts post here. Then I saw a recipe posted by Christine’s recipes for a Hong Kong style egg tart. Her egg tarts were picture perfect. I followed her recipe and her tips and this time my egg tarts came out much better. For the molds, I used these pretty Tartlet Tins I got on Amazon. If you grease them before putting in the pastry shell, the custards slide out really easily.
The two things that really made a difference were: 1) run the egg custard mix through a sieve first to get out all the bubbles that appear from mixing (I actually ran it through once and then there were still some bubbles so I scooped a few times with the sieve until I got rid of all the bubbles) and 2) let the egg tarts cook for the last few minutes with the oven slightly open.
These egg tarts are just the way I like them. Egg tarts come with two different pastry shells. One is a hard crust, similar to a fruit tart crust. The other is a flaky crust. I prefer the harder crust, which is harder to find now. This recipe uses the hard crust I like. These came out exactly like the ones I like to buy, so I am pretty happy with the result.
I would definitely use this recipe again, though next time I will reduce the egg custard mixture because I had so much egg custard mixture left after filling my shells (I seem to have this problem with every recipe I’ve tried).
Chinese Egg Tarts
- 225 g plain flour
- 125 g unsalted butter softened
- 55 g icing sugar
- 1 egg whisked
- a dash of vanilla extract
For the Custard (Next time I would reduce this. I used about 1/2 to 2/3 of the mixture)
- 3 eggs
- 110 g caster sugar
- 225 g hot water
- 85 g evaporated milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- To make the tart crusts, first cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer set at a medium speed until the mixture is smooth, fluffy, and light in color. Adjust the mixer speed to low and add the egg in two batches only adding the second batch once the first one is incorporated. Add the vanilla and mix until combined. Add the flour and continue mixing until a dough is formed.
- Break the dough into small chunks and place each in a tartlet mold. Using your hands, press the dough into the molds until it covers the mold. The bottom of each tart shell should be thinner with the top edge slightly thicker. Place the tart molds on a baking sheet and set aside. Position the oven rack in the lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
- While the oven preheats, make the custard. Heat the water in a small saucepan until it's hot but not boiling. Add the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat to cool.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg and evaporated milk until combined. Add the cooled sugar water and mix with an electric mixer set to a low speed until the mixture is frothy with little bubbles. Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and strain the mixture. The mixture should be completely smooth with no bubbles.
- Spoon the custard into the tart molds. Transfer the tarts to the oven and bake them for 10 to 15 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Lower the heat to 350F (180C) and bake the tarts for 10 to 15 minutes or until the custard has lightly puffed in the center. Open the oven door one to two inches and bake the tarts until they are cooked through.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.