My kids always tell me that tarts are my specialty. I enjoy baking tarts because they can be so versatile; they can be decorated in so many ways using so many fruits. This altered recipe is foolproof!
- 2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
- 200g cold unsalted butter, chopped
- ¾ cup icing sugar
- 1 egg yolk, beaten lightly
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups (500ml) milk
- 1 vanilla bean
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup (110g) sugar
- ¼ cup cornflower (corn starch)
- 1 teaspoon butter
- Preheat the oven at 1800.
- Sift flour into a large bowl. Add the ingredients in a mixer until the mixture is crumbly. Then, kneed until combined. Alternatively, you can rub in the butter with the flour with your fingertips until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in the sugar and the egg yolk with the vanilla until the ingredients come together.
- Wrap the dough in a plastic bag and refrigerate for fifteen minutes.
- Grease a 20cm round loose-based fluted pan.
- Roll pastry on lightly flowered surface, or between sheets of baking paper, until large enough to cover the pan. Prick base all over with a fork so that the crust wouldn’t rise. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Cover the pastry with a butter paper. Add a weight over the pastry before baking (a simple bag filled with beans would do). This weight will also prevent the rise of the crust.
- Bake for around 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Place milk in medium sauce pan. Split the vanilla bean in half lengthways and scrape the seeds into the pan. Gently heat.
- Aside, whisk the eggs, sugar, and corn flour until combined.
- Add the egg mixture to the milk. Stir it over low heat until the mixture boils and thickens. Add the butter.
- Transfer the custard to a medium bowl and cover the surface with a plastic wrap to avoid forming a thick layer on top.
- Refrigerate for at least one hour.
Once you are done with cooking and baking the basics, you can enjoy decorating this tart! Always try adding vibrant fruits that provide extra freshness to this dessert. Also, try baking tiny tart crusts if you have a party or a gathering. They are always a crowd-pleaser!