04/11/2010

Vegan MoFo IV Day 4: Eggless Custard Tarts

I used to LOVE Custard Tarts in my B.V (Before Vegan) days and had basically written off ever having them again.
Well! Haha me who thought that; because me who doesn't like to give up without a fight has come up with a smakaroonie of a vegan version. Oh yes I have.

Ingredients
makes 8

For the Pastry
125g/4½oz plain flour
55g/2oz icing sugar
55g/2oz margarine

For the filling
half pint of coconut milk
half pint of sweetened soya milk
5 Tblsp custard powder*
2 Tblsp sugar
Grated nutmeg


Method
Sift the flour and icing sugar into a large bowl and add the margarine.
Use your fingertips to rub the fat into the flour until you have a mixture that resembles breadcrumbs. Add some cold water a tablespoon at a time - this took 2 Tablespoons but don't panic just add extra flour if the mixture is too wet or some more water if it's too dry, a teaspoon at a time.
Roll out on a lightly dusted surface and cut out rounds to fit your muffin pan (I have a trusty mug I use for this which is the perfect size).
Heat oven to 2ooº.
Mix the two milks together in a jug.
In a bowl place the custard powder and sugar and mix into a smooth paste with a little of the milk mixture. Heat the remaining milk to nearly boiling and pour onto the custard mix stirring all the time. Return to the saucepan and bring to a gentle boil stirring continuously. Leave to cool stirring every few minutes to prevent a skin from forming and then pour into each pastry round.
Grate some nutmeg on the top and bake for 20-25 mins.
Leave to cool - this is important as it firms the custard up just nicely.




*Custard powder is basically corn starch and yellow colouring so don't be frightened to give this a go just because you can't buy the lazy persons stuff.

34 comments:

K said...

They are so so cute, I want one, can you post one to Australia?

emmathackerfatcore said...

Oooh! I used to love these PV too, definitley will be trying.

Penny said...

And they just keep coming, these great recipes! I make a pretty delicious custard, though I say it myself, but I hadb't thought of using coconut milk... Hmmm... I must give it a try! :)

foodfeud said...

I have never had a custard tart, vegan or not but these look really tasty. Anything with coconut milk is bound to be :)
Happy MoFo to you too!

phoenix said...

Yum! Seems like we're having a coconut milk theme day. I love these cute tarts, and I'm so going to make them! Thanks for sharing.

Verity Kae said...

This looks SO good. Happy MoFo'ing!

Eat Chifully said...

Thank you! I also love custard and can't wait to try this recipe :)

River (Wing-It Vegan) said...

I love custardy tarts! Yours are so yellow and purdy! Thanks for the smakaroonie recipe! :P

Tera Little said...

wow, these are beautiful! and i haven't heard of custard powder before - thanks for the intro to a new baking item.

jessy said...

Jeni!!! i've never had a custard tart before - and now i really, REALLY want one! yours look sooooooooo delicious and perfect and CUTE! i think i can make the crust gluten-free, too! it's worth a try, 'cause now i'm craving them!

Luciana said...

Oh my! A little bakery near my college campus sold custard tarts topped with apricots and other fruits. I used to love going there for a snack, and I can still almost taste them. I have to try these!

erica said...

Brilliant! These are a definite must come the holidays.

Mihl said...

Eggless but very eggy looking, if that makes sense. I love custard tarts!

Not A Rabbit said...

That brings back memories! I haven't had an egg custard tart in donkey's years.

Brilliant, you seem to have got the custard consistency just right!

Sarah S. said...

Those are way fun!

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Those look loverly!!!!

vegannifer said...

Those are adorable! Coconut milk seems to be such a versatile product and appears to have worked out really well in these custards!

Zoa said...

I've had custard powder sitting around for months because I've been craving something like this, but haven't had a chance to work with it. This is inspiring ;-)

Andrea said...

I don't believe I've ever had a custard tart (custard, yes, tarts, yes, but not custard tarts) I guess now's as good a time as any. I'm thinking pumpkin custard tarts for thanksgiving.

shellyfish said...

You took the custard tart and made it your little boy-toy. Excellent! I will try these - I love custard tarts!

Michelle said...

These are too cute! They look and sound so good.

Vegan Animal said...

Home made custard is very ambitious. Looks like it turned out wonderfully.

Islaborg said...

Those look very very good, bookmarked!

wingraclaire said...

"custard powder?" Whoa! That looks delicious! Would it work for banana cream pie? Or should I just stick with cornstarch..... sure looks tempting!

jodye @ 'scend food said...

Yay for coconut milk! I used to love custard, having a british father and grandmother and all. I haven't had custard in such a long while, but I'll definitely have to try this recipe!

Tracy said...

They look so good!

Felicity said...

I love that there is so much custard filling. They look fab!

Sarah said...

This makes my day! Definitely on the "to make" list :)

caribbeanvegan said...

I do not know these but I want them and your pastry looks well made. I will make them when I have downtime and link back to you...they look like a british dessert.

mollyjade said...

Matt and I were just talking about making custard last night. (We were trying to figure out what warm ice cream would be.)

Andy Dufresne said...

Wow! That's all I have to say.

Emma said...

Yes! I will be making some of these tonight for dessert. Thanks! :)

Gauri Radha गौरी राधा said...

Those look delicious :-)

Veg-In-Training said...

Adorable. I have some custard powder left over from testing. When my arse shrinks from a month of MoFo, I'm going to have to give these a try.