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Steve's Custard Tarts

Sweet, delicious custard in home-made pastry shells. The pastry takes a bit of time but it's worth it! And there's no shame in using packet custard!
Steve's Custard Tarts


Shell: Combine all ingredients in a mixer until uniform.

Remove and form into a 2cm disc, wrap with cling film and refrigerate/freeze for 30 minutes.

Working quickly with cold dough, press into pie pan(s) until 3-5mm thick crust is formed.

Blind bake (cover shells with baking paper and fill with dry beans or rice) in fan oven at 180C for 10 minutes, remove filler and bake another 5 mins.

Filling: Combine custard powder, sugar and 3 TBS of milk and make a paste, put into a saucepan and heat, slowly adding rest of milk. Bring to low boil constantly stirring.

Fill shell(s) with still warm custard, sprinkle with Nutmeg and refrigerate until set.


Shell (Makes 6 small or 1 large)

  • 200g Plain Flour

  • 75g Icing Sugar

  • 1 Egg

  • 125g Butter/Spread (Unsalted), chilled, diced

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 500ml Milk

  • 3 TBS Custard Powder

  • 2 TBS Sugar

  • ½ tsp Gelatine

  • Nutmeg

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