Monday, January 3, 2011

Ladies who lunch- Egg Tarts

Egg Tarts always remind me of the ladies who do lunch in Hong Kong. These ladies are called tai tais, most of them do not have to work for a living and spend their leisure afternoons as they please. I imagine a group of them gathering at each other's house, serving egg tarts over a pot of tea, while they catch up with the "latest gossip" about other people.

It is easy to envy such a lifestyle, but is not the way I would like to spend my life. But boy do I like egg tarts. As a perennial Asian high tea favorite, they are surprisingly easy to make at home. And, if you use fresh, high quality eggs, you can achieve even better results at home than some of the finest hotels that serve them.
Here is a simple recipe and some tips on how to create the perfect egg tart. Enjoy it with your friends and family during your down time!

Ingredients (For the crust):
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, cold and cut into small cubes
1/2 of 1/4 cup ice water

Method (For the crust):
Combine flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add butter and pulse until the ingredients look like bread crumbs with larger butter pieces remaining.
With the machine running, add ice water through the feed tube (if your machine doesn't have a feed tube, it is ok to open and add water slowly as you work the dough). Pulse for about 20-30 seconds but no longer.

Tip the dough out of the bowl onto a clean surface. Gently shape the dough into a flat disk. Wrap the disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight.

(Let the dough warm up a bit before rolling it out).

After resting the dough for the allotted time, roll the dough out to about 1/8 inch.

Place the egg tart mold around the dough and cut around the dough to fit the the dough to the mold.

Press the dough gently into the molds. Preheat oven to 450 F.

Now onto the egg filling

Ingredients (For egg filling)
2/3 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups water
9 eggs, beaten
1 dash vanilla extract
1 cup evaporated milk

Method (To complete the tart):
In a medium sauce pan, combine sugar with water. Bring this mixture to a boil and wait until the sugar has dissolved in the water. Allow this sugar mixture to cool.

Whisk egg into sugar mixture until combined. Lastly, add evaporated milk and vanilla.

Fill this mixture into the prepared tart shell. You can fill this pretty much up to the brim as it will not expand too much.

Carefully load the filled shells in the oven and bake for 12-15 mins, until the egg custard is set. Note: During the baking process, it is normal if the egg custard puffs up. The custard will be flat once it cools.

The mold for making the egg tarts can be found here:

http://browncookie.com/shop/pie-dishes-tart-pans/pie-dishes/flat-edge-panna-cotta-mold.html

Thank you for reading and enjoy!

Julie

4 comments:

  1. Egg tarts are so yummy...I read that KFC Malaysia has it on its menu

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  2. That's great! If they had egg tarts in the KFC here, I would be in trouble. :) Have a great week ahead Three-cookies!

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  3. Oh, I love egg tarts! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Yours turned out beautifully. Where do you find the tart pans?

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  4. Hi Rachel! The pans can be found here:
    http://www.browncookie.com/shop/pie-dishes-tart-pans/pie-dishes.html
    Thank you for reading!
    Julie

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