Thursday, 31 January 2013

Karen Martini's Custard Tart

I was home pretty much all day yesterday and had nothing specific planned to do throughout the day. I decided to flip through some recipe books to see if there was anything interesting to be baked and I came across this recipe in Karen Martini's book Cooking at Home. After checking we had all the ingredients, I got baking. 

This one did not disappoint. The custard/pastry combo is really tasty and is best eaten with cream or icecream when it's still warm.I actually found the pastry a little stickier than usual with this one, but once baked you'll never tell.

Custard Tart
serves 10-12 {I halved mine}

130g unsalted butter
260g plain flour
130g caster sugar 
2 eggs 

Custard filling 
2 Tbsp cornflour 
130g caster sugar 
600ml cream 
3 eggs 
2 egg yolks 
1 tsp vanilla essence
Grated nutmeg 
Icing sugar, for dusting

Process butter, flour and sugar in a food processor until combined. Add eggs one at a time and process until a soft dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Generously grease a 26cm springform tin (or a pie dish) with butter. Roll out dough between 2 sheets of baking paper then turn into the prepared dish. The dough may be a bit sticky but don’t worry as it will dry out once baked. Trim the edges and chill for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 200C.
Place baking paper, then baking beads on the dough to prevent the it from rising. Blind bake for 15-20 minutes or until pastry is slightly golden at the edges. Remove baking beads and return to oven for 5 minutes until the pastry has dried out and is golden.
To make custard filling: Combine cornflour and sugar in a bowl then stir in cream. Add eggs and yolks and beat until well combined. Add vanilla and stir well.
Reduce oven to 170ÂșC. Pour filling into tart shell, sprinkle with nutmeg and bake for 30 minutes or until just set. Allow to cool and dust with icing sugar if desired. Serve with thickened cream or icecream.


  1. I made a custard tart today, and it FAILED. So very miserably! =P The custard just WOULDN'T set in the oven! :O It TASTES ok, but it's RUNNY AS! :(
    I need cooking lessons! ;)

  2. I literally want to comment on every one of your posts with, "I want to eat this. now." but I feel like that would be overkill. So I'll just say it once and you can know what I mean ;)