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Friday, 13 March 2015

Portuguese Custard Tarts

It's been a while since I last posted, as always life gets in the way.  This recipe is taken from this months BBC Good Food magazine (March 2015) and isn't a recipe I thought about trying.  I have always loved custard tarts and often when I have been in Nandos I have spotted the Portuguese variety.  In have never actually tried on and still to this day I have not - but you may be thinking "you have just wrote a blog post about them, you have pictures of the finished product..."  Well, there was a problem and I was not happy about it.  Ten minutes in to cooking this tarts my oven made a loud popping sound, I quickly opened the door to see a bright orange glow at the back as the fan slowed down and all the lights went oven blew up!  This has happened before, a few years ago, and I needed to buy a replacement element, so for the time being I do not have an oven.   

The pastry for these tarts is a cross between puff and flakey.  It takes a bit of time to make but isn't as time consuming as true puff pastry.  You do have to grate the butter over the pastry, fold and Roll out again and then sprinkle more butter over the top and repeat the process. After 30 minutes in the fridge to chill the pastry is ready to roll out. However this is where it slightly differs from normal pastry,  to make Portuguese tarts you have to go all out the pastry into a log and chop it into 12 equal size pieces and then flatten each one out so you have a flat spiral shaped piece of time. You then carefully place them in to the muffin tins and pour in the custard before baking.

At this point I can not truly tell you what they are suppose to look out of the oven, or even taste like.  The image above is 'borrowed' from another website, although all the  photographs in the recipe are my own.