Portuguese custard tarts

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbs Plain Flour
  • 2 tbs Icing Sugar
  • 375g Puff Pastry
  • 250g Caster Sugar
  • 2 strips Lemon Zest
  • 1 Stick Cinnamon
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • 50g Corn Flour
  • 500ml Whole Milk
  • Pod of Vanilla
  • To serve Cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:

STEP 1

Roll the pastry

Mix the flour and icing sugar, and use this to dust the work surface. Roll the pastry out to make a 45 x 30cm rectangle. Roll up lengthways to create a long sausage shape.



STEP 2

Cutting pastry into rounds

Cut the pastry into 24 wheels, about 1-2cm thick.



STEP 3

Roll out each pastry portion

Roll each wheel lightly with the rolling pin to fit 2 x 12-hole non-stick fairy cake tins.



STEP 4

Press pastry into the tin

Press the pastry circles into the tins and mould into the tins to make thin cases. Chill until needed.



STEP 5

Make the infused syrup

Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Make a sugar syrup by bringing the sugar, 200ml water, lemon zest and cinnamon stick to the boil. Reduce until syrupy, allow to cool, then remove the cinnamon and lemon. Whisk the eggs, egg yolks and cornflour until smooth in another large pan.



STEP 6

Making custard

Heat the milk and vanilla pod seeds in a separate pan until just below the boil. Gradually pour the hot milk over the eggs and cornflour, then cook on a low heat, continually whisking.



STEP 7

Add syrup to custard

Add the cooled sugar syrup to the custard and whisk until thickened slightly.



STEP 8

Pour custard into the tins

Pour the custard through a sieve. Pour into the pastry cases and bake for 15 minutes until the pastry is golden and the custard has darkened.



STEP 9

cool and dust with icing sugar

Cool completely in the tins then sift over icing sugar and ground cinnamon to serve.