Custard Tarts

Posted on February 11, 2011


On cold winter days, warm sweet comfort food is the order of the day. These custard tarts are just perfect for such occasions and embarrassingly easy to make.

If you’ve ever come across Delia’s How to Cheat recipe book, this is the sort of dessert that is likely to feature as it contains nothing you need to make from scratch!! It more like a recipe of how to assemble a few components into something all together more appetising, but no one needs to know!

There isn’t anything very delicate about these and they are very gooey to eat. As soon as you bite into the pastry, the custard seems to ooze from every side. So, I suggest you leave these out of dinner party dessert territory and enjoy as a naughty treat for yourself.

They can be quite happily served hot (straight from the grill) or cold (chilled in the fridge).

Custard Tarts

1 pack ready-made puff pastry, 150ml ready-made custard, 30g  icing sugar

Preheat oven to 200c/GM6. Roll out the pastry and cut out 12 circles (use a pastry cutter or score around a glass if you’ve not any). Use a cake/muffin tin and line each whole with a circle of pastry. Then cover each circle of pastry with a square of parchment and pour baking beans (or dried pulses/rice) on top of each to blind bake. Bake the pastry shells for 15 minutes until golden. Remove the baking beans and paper and divide the custard between each of the pastry shells. Dust the tarts with icing sugar and grill until the sugar caramelises. Serve/chill as required.


Helen x