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Pavlova with Passion Fruit Curd and Berries

An exquisite recipe for pavlova filled with passion fruit curd, lightly sweet homemade whipped cream, and fresh seasonal berries.

– Why do you need to make this dessert?

Because it is super easy, so beautiful and, extremely delicious…seriously…I have made this pavlova many times and trust me, people that tried it will remember you forever.

– What can you make in advance?

For this recipe you can make in advance the meringue shell and keep in an air-tight container and the passion fruit curd.

On the day you are serving the pavlova you will need to whip the cream, wash the berries and assemble…which is a lot of fun, since all the “hard” part has been prepared.

– Can I use other fruits?

Absolutely, I have made the same recipe using kiwi, mango, grapes, pineapple, dragon fruit…you name it. Use whatever fruit is in season.

– What to do if not serving the pavlova at home?

I did it many times…I pack all the components of the pavlova separately and place in an insulated container and assemble when it is almost time to serve. Trust me, you will be surrounded by all the guests while you are assembling the dessert which make it even more remarkable. Moreover, you will hear lots of “oh”, “uh”, “wow”, and everyone will want to sink their fork in it.

– Did I convince you to make this dessert?

Ingredients:

  • 5 egg whites
  • 220 g sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Passion Fruit Curd from HERE.
  • Fresh blueberry and strawberries

Method:

Preheat oven to 275oF or convection oven at 250oF

In a bowl, whisk the eggs whites with vinegar.

Once the egg whites are foamy add vanilla extract and the sugar in thirds.

Whisk until stiff peaks.

Sprinkle the corn starch on the meringue and mix gently.

Mold the meringue according to your like.

Bake for 2 hours. Lower the temperature to 200oF and bake for another 45 minutes or until the meringue is crispy.

Let it cool completely.

At this point you can assembly the meringue or store in an air-tight container for later use.

How to assembly

Place the meringue shell on the serving plate. Add a layer of passion fruit curd, then whipped cream and topped with fruits. If wish dust with powdered sugar on top.

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Air Fried Zucchini Blossom with Ricotta and Mozzarella Cheese

These delicate zucchini blossoms are filled with creamy and stringy cheeses, perfect appetizer that entices your eyes and palate.

– What are zucchini blossoms?

Zucchini blossoms are edible flowers from a zucchini plant and mainly can be found in farmers market or garden.  Therefore, every time I see in the local farmers market I will by a bunch of it.

– How do I prepare zucchini blossoms?

Because they are very delicate, you will need to handle it very gently from the moment you get them.

Yes, it is worth all the extra light and gently handling.

– Are you ready to try these awesome and pretty appetizers?

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 zucchini flowers
  • ½ cup part skim ricotta
  • 4 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 mozzarella sticks, cut into half and then cut lengthwise
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup panko
  • olive oil spray

Method:

Gently wipe the zucchini flowers, remove any dirt or soil.

In a bowl, combine the ricotta, salt, pepper, and the fresh parsley.

Place the ricotta mix into a sandwich bag and make a small cut at the edge of the bag to pipe the creamy ricotta into the blossom.

Insert one piece of Mozzarella cheese into the blossom in the middle fo the ricotta mix.

Gently press the petals of the flower at the tip to seal.

Do this with all the zucchini flowers.

In a small bowl beat the egg and add the panko into another shallow dish.

Dip the blossoms into the beaten egg and then into the panko, toss around to coat all the flower with panko.

Spray the bottom of an air fryer with olive oil spray and place the blossoms in, and again spray the top of the blossoms.

Air fry at 365oF for about 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway using a thong and be gently.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin

This muffin recipe is super easy, literally anyone can make it…it is moist, crumby, and burst with lemon flavor.

Yes, after almost two years of break, I am coming back to share more recipes…during this time, I got to spend enormous amounts of quality time with Mochie, our little fur baby.

Now, going back to this super simple and yet delicious lemony muffin recipe…if you are like me that get crazy with anything lemon you will enjoy this recipe.

As always, my recipes when possible are lower in sugar and salt without jeopardizing the taste and this one is not different.

– Why do you need to try this lemony muffin recipe?

Because it is loaded with lemon zest, lemon juice…calling summer from the first bite to the last.

– How hard is to make these muffins?

Super, super easy, no need of any complicated technique.  If you can mix flour into an egg mixture you are good to go.

– How many muffins can I make with this recipe?

This recipe you will be able to make 8 standard size muffins, therefore feel free to double the recipe.

– Are you ready to give this recipe a try?

Ingredients:

Streusel for topping

  • 7 g butter
  • 15 g sugar
  • 15 g all-purpose flour

Lemon batter

  • 190 g all-purpose flour
  • 70 g sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • Fresh lemon zest
  • 1 large egg
  • Milk, approximately 80- 100 ml
  • 70 g neutral vegetable oil such as canola, corn, sunflower
  • 60 g fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract (optional)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 375oF.

Streusel topping

In a small bowl place, the butter, sugar, and flour.  Mix by cutting the butter into small pieces.

Set aside.

Lemon batter

In a bowl mix all flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, lemon zest and poppy seed.

In a measuring cup add egg, oil, lemon juice. Complete with milk until 250 ml plus 2 tablespoons.

Place all the liquid ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. If using lemon extract, now it is time to add to it.

Pour the flour mix into the egg mix and mix gently until there is not dry flour. Do not over mix.

Scoop into pre-prepared muffin pans.

Cover the top of the batter with streusel topping.

If there are empty cavities in the muffin pan, fill ⅓ – ½ with water, this way the baking process will be more even.

Bake for 15 – 17 minutes or until an inserted wood toothpick comes out clean.

Remove the muffins from the pan and let them cool in a wire rack.

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Passion Fruit Curd

This exotic curd made with passion fruit is so aromatic, creamy, tangy…goes perfectly almost everywhere…cake, ice cream, yogurt, pancakes…

I have a passion fruit vine for two years…last year it I harvested around 20 fruits, but this year, the vine was loaded with flowers…I already harvest so many fruits, close to 90-100 and I still have a lot of fruits.

Back in Brazil, passion fruit was available year around…and we always had fresh passion fruit juice. I learned about the purple passion fruit here in US as in Brazil we were used to see only the yellow ones, nevertheless they taste and smell very similar.

Since it takes almost 3 months until the fruits are ripe, I just got to enjoy them recently. I had to freeze (juice/pulp) for later enjoyment. I wait until the fruit falls from the vine and let it sit on the counter until slightly wrinkled before using it.

– Why passion fruit curd is so good?

If you care for lemon curd, you will love passion fruit curd. The passion curd like the lemon is super rich and creamy. The aroma is so enticing…and so pretty with the seeds in it.

– How do I serve the passion fruit curd?

The same way you serve lemon curd, over ice cream, yogurt, cake, pancakes and so on.

– Is it easy to make passion fruit curd?

Yes, you just substitute the passion fruit juice/pulp for lemon juice as to making lemon curd.

– Are you ready to try this exotic curd?

Ingredients:

  • 100 g sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 200 ml of passion fruit juice/pulp
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 50 g butter

Method:

Mix the egg yolks with the egg and pass it through a fine sieve directly to a small pot or alternatively place it directly to the pot (I did it both way, and did not find any difference…just more things to wash).

Add the lemon juice and the sugar, combine well.

Cook over low-medium heat, stirring constantly until the passion fruit mixture thicken, add the butter and mix until the butter melts. The passion fruit curd will be a bit thinner/liquid, but it will thicken as it cools.

Remove the passion fruit curd from the pan and pour into a glass jar. Place a plastic wrap directly to the passion fruit curd to avoid a film to form. Once it cools completely, place the jar in the refrigerator.

Serve cold.

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Did you know that passion fruit is a fruit native to Brazil? It is called maracuja…

Passion fruit is super fragrant, the fruit contain a lot of fibers, minerals and beta carotene. Moreover, it is very rich in vitamin C, therefore a healthy fruit.

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Garden Tomato Salad with Shiso

This salad is loaded with freshly harvested tomatoes from our garden and spiked with shiso, super fragrant with citrus notes.

This summer my vegetable/fruit garden grew very well, since we had to stay home, I spent a lot of time in the backyard, watering, trimming and “talking” to the plants.

I have never had tomato bushes reaching the roof, herbs grew so large that resemble little trees, and fruit trees/vines were exceptionally fruitful…

Somehow when you make food with your harvest, they taste special. Today, I am sharing a very simple and yet refreshing salad using tomatoes and shiso leaves from my garden. Shiso leaves pair very well in salad especially when citrus flavors are added…in this recipe I used ponzu which is a citrus seasoned light soy sauce.

– Have you ever heard of shiso?

Shiso is very popular in Japanese cuisine paired with uni (sea urchin), sashimi, sushi, in salad or as a wrap. Moreover, shiso can be used in stew as well.

– How does shiso leave taste?

I found that shiso is like cilantro for many people, either you love it or you hate it…shiso has a pretty strong flavor, it is minty with hints of cinnamon, citrus, basil, cilantro and other flavors…very hard to describe. Once you had it you will never forget its flavors and fragrant.

– Is it hard to grow shiso herb?

Not at all, they are pretty much self-seed, and come back every year. The plant like sun, at least half of the day and does not require any special treatment. You can grow from cutting too, by placing in water until the roots come out and plant in well-drained soil after.

– Are there more varieties of shiso?

Yes, green and red, both are very similar in flavor, although the red ones seems to have a stronger flavor as compared to the green ones.

– Are you ready to try this recipe?

Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Shiso leaves
  • Ponzu sauce
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

Method:

Slice tomatoes and cucumber, about ½ inch and place in a bowl.  Add the cubed avocado and mix gently.

Wash the shiso leaves, dry and cut into small strips (julienned), and set aside.

In the bowl drizzle ponzu sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

Toss in the salad mix the julienned shiso leaves.

Serve cold.

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Did you know that shiso leave has anti-inflammatory properties? Moreover, shiso contain antioxidant and anti-allergy properties as well. Shiso leaves are rich in calcium, iron and vitamin A.

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Blueberry Muffins

These fantastic moist and blueberries loaded muffins are delicious and super easy…great for breakfast, brunch or a quick afternoon snack.

When my cousin which by the way is a pastry chef by training showed me a picture of the muffins she baked I immediately knew that I wanted to try…and to my surprised (I don’t know why…) the recipe was directly from King Arthur Flour. My cousin told me to follow the recipe as it is, but of course knowing me this is an impossible task…so I made some minor changes…

– Why these muffins are so delicious?

They are packed, literally packed with blueberries with tender crumbs because of the sour cream in it.

– Can you store them in the freezer?

Absolutely, wrap them individually before storing in the freezer and let if thaw in the refrigerator overnight and microwave for a minute and it will taste like just out of the oven.

– Why the muffin is purple?

The batter is purple because I used frozen berries, if you use fresh blueberries the muffins will look more like in the King Arthur website…

– What changes did I make?

I mainly reduced the amount of sugar and added more blueberries into the batter.

– Ready to try this amazing recipe?

Ingredients:

  • 270 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 60 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 135 g sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 120 g sour cream
  • 250 g frozen blueberries (or fresh)
  • coarse white sparkling sugar, for garnish, optional

Method:

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a muffin pan with papers.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, then set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, almost white in color.

Scrape down the bowl to make sure all the butter is incorporated, then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add the vanilla and sour cream, mix until incorporated.

Add the dry ingredients and mix using a spatula just until the batter is smooth. The batter will be very thick, almost like cookie dough.

Fold in the frozen berries or fresh (or fresh berries)

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups filling about ⅔ to the top of the cups.

Sprinkle with regular granulated or coarse white sugar, if desired.

Bake the muffins for 18 to 24 minutes, until a wooden stick inserted in the cake tester inserted in the comes out clean.

Remove the muffins from the oven, let them cool in the pan for a few minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan and let them cool on a wire rack.

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Did you know that blueberries are very rich in anthocyanins? Anthocyanins are plant chemicals (phytochemicals) with strong anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, it has been suggested by many studies that consumption of blueberries can lower blood pressure.

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White Peach Compote

This simple and delicate white peach compote is a perfect match for yogurt, ice cream, cake…the aromatic and refined flavor is just amazing.

I was out for a few days as I had a carpal tunnel relieve surgery a couple of weeks ago.  I have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome for a while, but kept postponing the surgery in hope that the pain would someday dissipate…and of course did not as a matter of fact, the pain went from bad to worse and kept me awake most of the nights…so as soon as the doctor was freed for elective surgery I went in without any hesitation…

I am so happy I did it…and the surgeon was amazing…my pain was gone on the same day of the surgery and very little scar close to none will be the witness of the procedure.  Most of my movements are back to normal and I was back to cooking and baking in 4 days…but decided to take a small break from blogging.

Okay, now that I justified my silence, we can move to today’s post…

– What are these white peaches?

These Japanese white peaches are super delicate and have a very low or almost no acidity like other species of peaches. When ripe the skin can be easily removed by peeling it off and the flesh is super, I repeat super juicy, almost melting in your mouth with a delicate sweetness.

These peaches have a fragrant of sweet-scent, very aromatic, pleasant and delicate.

The reason that is it very hard to find these peaches in the market is due to its fragility, they bruise easily therefore they are wrapped individually and handle with a lot of care.

– Where did I get these white peaches?

Well, they came from my mom’s backyard…somehow this year she had so many peaches and she send us a whole box, it must have been at least 15 lbs. of peaches…you can find them in the grocery store, especially Asian ones.

– Isn’t a waste to make compote since these peaches are so exquisite?

Yes, it is but…first; they all ripe at the same time, and second; we can just eat so much between my husband and I…so the idea of making compote, jam or jelly, I honestly don’t know what this should be called…came to my mind to avoid these peaches to get spoiled.

– Should we check the recipe?

To not overwhelm the delicacy of these peaches, little sugar was added and a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice to yield a touch of acidity.

Ingredients:

  • White peaches
  • Sugar
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice

Method:

Wash and peeled the peaches. Remove the pit which come off easily when ripe and cut into quarters.

Weigh the amount of peach and add sugar (approximately ⅕ of total weight of the peaches). For example, if the weight of the peaches is 600 g add 120 g of sugar.

Place the quartered peaches and sugar in a pot.  Cook in medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Do not add water as the peach is very high in water content.

Mix gently, add freshly lemon juice to your taste.  Cook until de desired texture.

I like mine with the peaches intact therefore just cooked for a short time, just enough to the thicken a little the compote.

Remove from the heat, let it cool at room temperature.

Store in the refrigerator and use as desire. It will last for up to 5 days since there is not much sugar in it.

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Did you know that peaches are native of northwest China? There are two main varieties of peaches the ones that the flesh sticks to the stone (clingstone) and the ones that the stone is easily detached from the flesh (freestone). Peaches are low in caloric content and are a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A.

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Apple Tarte Tatin

This is somehow a combination of caramel apple and apple pie…the slices of apples are covered with caramel and layer on a buttery, tender and flaky crust…absolutely yum!

– Have you ever tried apple tarte tatin?

Well, this is my very first time and I already can tell you that this is my favorite apple dessert…if you like caramel apple and apple pie you just landed on the right recipe.

– What is apple tarte tatin?

Apparently is a French version of apple pie…it is mainly an upside-down tart baked in skillet. You have one layer of crust topped with caramelized apple.

– How easy is to bake an apple tarte tatin?

In my opinion, is much easier than apple pie, since you just need one layer of crust…make the caramel in the skillet, layer the sliced apples (or halves) and top with the crust just before taking to the oven.

Once baked, just make sure to be careful…flip the skillet on a serving plate and voila…done! Delicious as it is or with vanilla ice cream, which I did not have…sniff sniff…but will make sure to have some next time around.

– Are you ready to try this out?

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 50 g butter
  • 20 g sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 120 g all-purpose flour
  • 20 g almond flour
  • 1 large egg

Caramel apple

  • 2 large apples, peeled and sliced into 8 slices each
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Bourbon

Method:

In a bowl, add the cold butter, sugar, flour, almond flour, salt and using a pastry blender cut the butter into the flour until the texture resemble coarse cornmeal with butter pieces just like small peas.

Add the egg and mix with a fork just until the dough pulls together.

Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375oF if using convection oven or to 400oF for regular oven.

In the meantime, place the sugar in an oven proof skillet or cast-iron pan (about 8 inches or 20 cm) and turn the heat to medium high. Watch carefully as the sugar can burn very fast. Once the sugar turns to light brown swirl the pan carefully until the sugar turns amber brown.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the butter. Once the butter melts, add the vanilla extract and Bourbon. Swirl gently and place the slice of apple, arranging them neatly. Place the pan back to the stove and cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn the apples one by one carefully and cook for another 3 minutes.

Remove the skillet from the heat.

Lightly flour the work surface and the dough, then flatten the disk rolling pin by gently tapping the dough a few times from the middle to the top and bottom. Lift the dough and give it a quarter turn. Lightly dust the top of the dough with flour if necessary or the rolling pin, then roll out into a round at approximately 9 inches in diameter.

Place the crust on top of the apples and tuck the pastry inside the skillet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.

Let it cool for 5-10 minutes, invert the pan on top of a plate.

Serve warm or room temperature.

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Did you know that apples contain pectin? Pectin is used in the making of jam as a thickening agent. Moreover, pectin is a dietary soluble fiber which can help lower cholesterol.

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Light Ciabatta, 78% Hydration

This ciabatta has a super open crumb, it is so light and airy…perfect to dip into an extra virgin olive oil, as your soup companion or as sandwich.

With the present social distancing, for me baking bread has been one of the best therapy, as I twist here and there recipes to see if I can get a better result…and all my friends love it as I tend to send them out very often.

If you are not familiar with ciabatta please look at this post and this one

– Why is this ciabatta so light?

It is so light because has 78% of water in the dough.

– Is the dough very sticky?

Definitely, since 78% it’s water…as the gluten forms less sticky the dough will be. As the ratio of water increases, harder is to handle the dough.

– What is the secret to work with sticky dough?

Wet hands…yes, wetting your hands before handling the dough makes all the difference.

– Is it really a no-knead bread?

Absolutely…only mix well and use two methods, stretch and fold (all four sides) and coil and fold (2 sides).

– Is it hard to achieve such an open crumb?

Yes, just follow the recipe carefully and handle the dough very gently.

In this recipe I added extra steps as compared to the Easy No-Knead Ciabatta and I believe I got a better texture.

– Ready to check on the recipe?

I end up with 3 loaves and gave two to my friends that live in the area…no need to mention that they were so happy as it is so hard to find freshly baked bread now days due to the lock down.

Ingredients for:

2 loaves

  • 530 g bread flour
  • 414 g water
  • 20 g olive oil
  • 8 g salt
  • 3 g yeast

3 loaves

  • 800 g bread flour
  • 624 g water
  • 30 g olive oil
  • 12 g salt
  • 4 g yeast

4 loaves

  • 1100 g bread flour
  • 858 g water
  • 40 g olive oil
  • 17 g salt
  • 5 g yeast

Method:

In a rectangle container with lid, mix the water with yeast.  Stir gently until all the yeast is totally dissolved.

Add in olive oil, salt and flour.  Mix using a Danish dough whisk as the dough will be very wet.

Mix until the dough comes together.

Cover the dough and let it rest for 1 hour in a warm environment.

Using a stretch and fold method, wet your hands and gently pull the dough from one side of the container and fold into the middle of the dough. Do the same on the other three sides of the container, folding always into the middle of the dough.

Once all the sides had been stretched and fold over, flip the dough so the fold in on the bottom of the dough.

Cover and again let it rest in a warm place for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Once the time is up, perform the same stretch and fold (all for sides of the container and tuck the fold on the bottom again). Cover and let it rest in a warm place for another 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Next we will be using the coil and fold method. Wet your hands and reach under the dough which is spread on the container and lift slowly, the front of the dough will detach and go under forming a coil, repeat on the opposite side. Then use the same method on the other side.

Let it rest for 45 minutes and repeat the method of fold/coil. Cover and let it rest in a warm place for 45 minutes to 1 hr. The dough will be very giggling…

Sprinkle flour on the counter and on top of the dough. Turn the container with the dough on the counter and let the dough fall into the flour surface.

Sprinkle more flour on the top of dough and loose the bottom with the help of dough scraper.

Cut into 3 pieces, and gently place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Sprinkle more flour on the top to avoid sticking. Cover and let it rest for approximately 1 to 1 ½ hour.

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 450oF with an empty pan on the bottom of the oven and boil approximately 1 to ½ cup of water.

Spray the dough with a little water, then place the dough into the oven and carefully add the boiling water on the empty pan to create steam. Close the oven door and bake for 15 minutes at 450oF.

For the first 10 minutes, spray a little water in the oven every 5 minutes. After the 15 minutes, remove the water in the oven and lower the temperature to 425oF and bake for another 15 minutes.

Turn the oven off and leave the oven door ajar for 10 minutes.

Remove the ciabatta from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack.

Ready to be picked up…

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Egg Tart

Have you ever had these little gems? Each bite comes with a slightly sweet flaky crust with a creamy egg custard…so good!

– Before the post…a few words regarding today’s situation.

During this uncertain time, I still want to keep my blog on… cooking/baking is a therapy for me.  I have been sharing bread and even meals with friends and neighbors. This is the time where compassion and kindness are the greatest human emotion.

As we are all living the unthinkable, I wish you all faith, courage, patience and love…may this situation be over soon.

– Back to the post…

I still remember when my son was about 1 year and we were in a local dim sum…he loved these egg tarts…but only the custard…he would spoon all the egg custard and leave us the crust…similar to what he did with the Oreo cookies. One day I found all the Oreo cookies in the jar without the cream and all of chocolate wafer cookies had his teeth marks…

– Where are these egg tart originated?

Apparently, these are a lighter version from the Portuguese egg tart (pastel de nata) and were introduced to Hong Kong and Macau by the Portuguese colonizers.

In my opinion the Portuguese tarts custard are denser and milkier as compared to the Chinese one, which has less milk and are shinier.

– Where can I find these egg tarts?

They are usually found in Chinese bakeries and dim sum…and best when served warm.

– Is it a lot of work to make these egg tarts?

For the longest time I want to make these egg tarts but the thought of molding each tart by hand individually was too intimidating…until this past Saturday when nothing was planned, and I decided to work on it…

To my surprised it was a piece of cake…and not as laborious as I thought…making the crust was easy, molding it too a bit of time since it had to be done one by one, and the egg custard was super, I repeat super easy.

– How can I store the leftover egg tarts?

You can store them in the refrigerator and use a toaster oven or an air-fryer to warm them since they are better when served warm.

– Are you ready to try?

This recipe was inspired by Kathrine Kwa YouTube video  with minor adjustments.

Ingredients:

Crust dough

  • 100 g butter, slightly softened
  • 30 g sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 200 g all-purpose flour

Egg custard

  • 4 large eggs, I used extra large eggs
  • 250 ml boiling water
  • 100 g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100 ml milk

Method:

Crust dough

Using a hand mixer, soften the butter until creamy, add the sugar and continue to mix, stopping occasionally and scrap the sides of the bowl.

Gently whisk the egg and add to the butter mixture, half at the time until creamed mixture.

Slowly add the sieved flour into the creamed mixture and use a spatula to mix until resembles a coarse crumble.

Using your hands put together the coarse crumble into a ball. Wrap the dough with plastic film and refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes.

In the meantime, make the egg custard.

Egg custard

Dissolve the sugar into the hot water, mix well until all the sugar is dissolved. And set aside until cool to room temperature.

Whisk eggs gently, add the milk and vanilla extract. Pour the sugar water to the egg mixture and stir it. To avoid bubbles do not whisk vigorously.

Strain the egg mixture to a very fine mesh strainer.

Assembly

Preheat oven to 300oF.

Remove the crust dough from the refrigerator and using a roller pin flat the dough to approximately 2 mm (⅛ in).

Cut dough with a cookie cutter that is just a bit larger than your tart tin in size. Line dough in the middle of tart tins, one by one.

Lightly press the dough with your thumbs, starting from the bottom then up to the sides. While pressing the dough, turn the tart tin clockwise/anti-clockwise in order to make an even tart shell. Trim away any excess dough.

Alternatively, you can weight approximately 25-28 g of the of the dough, make a ball and place in the center of the tart tins and with your thumbs press until the dough covers the tin like the method describe above.

Use a fork and poke holes the bottom of the dough. Pour the egg mix into the tart shells and bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges of the tarts are lightly browned. Turn the oven temperature down to 275oF and continue to bake for another 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the tarts and once the egg custard starts to puff up, open a little the oven door to avoid the custard to over bake.

To make sure the egg custard is done, poke a toothpick at the center of the tart and if the toothpick standstill, the tarts are done.

Remove form the oven and let cool on the wire rack.

Serve warm.

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