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
Mix the one cup of flour with four fifths of the butter (80%) along with the salt and a teaspoon of sugar.
Mix between your hands until you thouroughly combine the flour and the butter and end up with a soft crumble like consistency.
Next add 2 tablespoons of ice cold water and group the dough
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.
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.
The Custard Filling:
While that’s cooking , mix the egg yolks, the corn starch, the vanilla extract and the sugar together
Then heat the milk in a pan over the stove until you see bubbles but don’t boil!
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
Once the eggs are brought to a good temprature, you can add them into the milk
After this just keep sturring until it thickens and becomes custard.
Add the tiny bit of butter that was left from the crust and stur until it’s melted.
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.
I cut 2 apples into thin-ish slices (saved about 10 slices) and added water, sugar and orange juice + zest as a personal preference
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.
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.