Friday, June 13, 2014

Strawberry Custard Tarts...aka.Timtarts!

Makes about 12 large tarts

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup soft butter
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 extra large egg, lightly beaten
Cream the butter and sugar well before adding the beaten egg and beating for an additional minute. Add the flour and salt and mix just until a dough forms. Separate the dough into two rounds, wrap them in plastic wrap and let them rest in the fridge for about an hour before rolling out the dough ans cutting out circles with a large biscuit cutter or something of sufficient size for the tart pans you are using. Chill the pans in the fridge for about 20 minutes before stabbing several holes in the bottom of each tart pastry and baking in a 400 degree F oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Vanilla Custard

Scald in the microwave or on the stovetop:
  • 3 cups whole milk
Microwave works best as there is no chance of burning the milk.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan combine:
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
Over medium flame slowly add the scalded milk whisking constantly.Continue to cook over medium heat until mixture begins to slightly thicken. At this point remove from heat and pour about a half cup of this mixture onto
  • 3 slightly beaten extra large egg yolks

whisking constantly. Pour the egg mixture immediately back into the pot, continuing to constantly stir. Cook for an additional minute or two until pudding consistency and remove from the flame.

Stir in:
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp good quality vanilla extract
Cool completely in the fridge.
To Construct the Tarts
Place a whole strawberry in the center of each pastry shell. Transfer the custard to a piping bag or just a Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off. In a circular motion, starting at the base, pipe the custard all the way around the strawberry to completely conceal it. Next, place strawberry halves on top of the custard all over the surface of the tart.
At this point, you can brush a little strawberry  glaze on the strawberry halves if you like.
Strawberry Glaze
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam
  • 1 tbsp water
Microwave for about 30 seconds, stir, and brush over the strawberry halves on top of the tarts.

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