My Favorite Easy Fruit Tart

I used to go to the market all the time, and i would buy these 3 inch tartlets for almost 4 dollars . They were delicious but expensive, I never really looked into it but one day i wanted to know if i could make my own custard from scratch.  I knew how to make a basic pie crust, but never dared try to see if i can make a homemade custard or a pudding.

I call this a fruit tart because you can definitly switch the apples here for anything you want, i made one with strawberries, one with bananas, one with peaches and one with pears and apples,  so you definitly have options.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1.5 tablespoons of cornflour
  • 4 small Egg yolks or 3 large
  • 1 and 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Fruit of your choice, i am using 2 apples
  • 2 tablespoons of corn syrup
  • pinch of salt

The Crust: 
Mix the one cup of flour with four fifths of the butter (80%)  along with the salt and a teaspoon of sugar.
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Mix between your hands until you thouroughly combine the flour and the butter and end up with a soft crumble like consistency.

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Next add 2 tablespoons of ice cold  water and group the dough

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Use a rolling pin to get it about a quarter inch thick and place in the dish of your choice, i recommend a 9 inch round pan and poke the dough all over with a fork as seen here.

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Put into your oven at 380 for 15 minutes until very light golden around the edge, anymore than that and your crust will be too tough.

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The Custard Filling:

While that’s cooking , mix the egg yolks, the corn starch, the vanilla extract and the sugar together

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Mix thoughrouly

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Then heat the milk in a pan over the stove until you see bubbles but don’t boil!

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Once hot, start adding a few tablespoons at a time to the egg mixture slowly so you don’t cook the eggs, and mix until you eventually just dump it into the pan and mix

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Once the eggs are brought to a good temprature, you can add them into the milk

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After this just keep sturring until it thickens and becomes custard.

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Add the tiny bit of butter that was left from the crust and stur until it’s melted.

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Place it aside, by now the crust should be done, when it comes out of the oven , chill it in the freezer, because when we put the custard on it , we don’t want it to be hot or it will become runny.

The Topping:

I cut 2 apples into thin-ish slices (saved about 10 slices)  and added water, sugar and orange juice + zest as a personal preference

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I cooked the mixture for 5 minutes to soften the apples


Putting it together:

Add the custard to the cool crust, top it off with the apple mixture and then the fresh apples for decoration , and the corn syrup as a last garnish.

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and you’re done!  A fruit tart just as good as the ones you buy but bigger and i bet cheaper! plus it will last you a while, instead of the tiny 3 inch tartlet.

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