Egg custard tarts

A favourite of the Anglo Saxons, though with the addition of cinnamon, and the fact that an oven was required to bake – these would be reserved for only the wealthiest in society. Whether you are a Saxon or not I’m sure you’ll love these traditional tarts.

Ingredients:

    300g plain flour (sifted)
    150g unsalted butter (cut into cubes)
    Water
    250ml whole milk
    250ml Full fat cream
    4 egg yolks
    80g honey
    Cinnamon

Method:

Add the butter to the flour and rub it between your fingers and into the flour. Keep rubbing until the mix resembles breadcrumbs.

Add a small drop of water and mix together. Keep adding a little water at a time, until the mixture comes together to form a stiff dough and leaves the bowl mostly clean.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry out as thin as possible – 1 or 2 mm is best. Cut rounds for the bases using a pastry cutter and place into cupcake cases.

Blind bake (filling each pie with dry beans) for 10 minutes at 180 degrees, remove the beans and cook for a further 5 minutes at 160 degrees.

Remove from the oven.

Heat the milk and cream together until almost boiling.

Beat the egg yolks with the honey, then whisk in the hot milk.

Pour the custard into the baked pastry cases and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top.

Bake for around 20 minutes at 140 degrees until the custard has set.

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