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Egg Tarts again :)

Monday, May 24, 2010



Yeah, I'm making them again. But this time, I made them into egg tart pans!!! A first for me.

Another first for me... I started submitting to food sites like Foodgawker and my 3rd Pak Thong Koh was accepted.
And Tastespotting also accepted this post :)

Ok, before I talk more about these, I want to apologize for not posting what I said I will in the previous post, Pak Thong Koh Version 3, save that for tomorrow. I made these yesterday and want to show you what I did while still hot from the oven :)

Actually this is not the second time I made these (I mean since I started blogging), I do make these every often, just that I never blog about them because they were always for orders. This time, I made some for own consumption as well, in tart pans :)

I used to shrug at the idea of using these tart pans because of the fear of the tarts not coming out of them so I always use disposable aluminium tart pans instead. And I dread at the idea of greasing all the tarts pans. Imagine trying to grease every nook and cranny of the tart pan. Tart pans are not smooth and they are all fluted. It's really a chore and all the butter used in greasing!!! Gosh, please no.

There are 2 types of tart pans available for sale here. They look similiar but the price is different. One type is aluminium and the other type, I suspect is tinned steel. Aluminium pans cost double of tinned steel ones. Old recipes always call for greasing the tart pan, and maybe during those times, only tinned steel pans are available. And aluminium pans, good news... need not be greased. Just use them clean. And indeed they came off clean from the pan. I am a believer now... yes, I am.

How to dislodge the tart from the pan??? Overturn the tart on your palm and with another hand, prick the side of the tart with a toothpick and gently pull the toothpick down. The tart will just off off the pan!!!! Easy peasy.



I'm so glad they all came out pretty.

And if you wonder why does some of your tarts come off nicely and some got stuck to the pan??? Surely it's not the pan's fault if some of it can come off easily. The main reason for getting stuck is that the tart leaked. The crust is not well pressed into the pan and leaks can easily occur.
To avoid leakage, always roll out the dough, cut with a round cutter and transfer that cut out to your pan. Then gently press it into shape. Remember to smooth it out by rubbing the dough as if you are applying lotion or ointment. And I do find that if you roll and cut the dough, the crust is more uniform and it's a lot lot faster than pressing a ball of dough into shape. Once, my cousin, my sister in law and I made 250 crust in just 4 hours, inclusive of baking. If it's not because of this method, we will be working for a very much longer time.


Well, do you like your egg tarts dressed or bare?
I like it bare. Then I can look at those fluted sides, so pretty.
But to serve, it's always best with a paper liner, so that others can use the liner as a "bowl' to catch crumbs.
My tarts are really flaky, always eat with caution of falling crumbs :)



Would you want a bite???
Then please make some... recipe is here
That is my old recipe, and what I'm using here is slightly modified to make things easier for me to finish up 1 block of butter. It is not much different. Taste just as great.


And these are for my customer. Minimum order 24 pcs :)

73 lovely notes:

Esther May 24, 2010 at 11:28 AM  

these tarts are beautiful! i admire you and your cousin and sister in law for making so many tarts in 4 hours. wow. :)

My Little Space May 24, 2010 at 11:30 AM  

Have you eaten 'kwai fa chun' egg tart? My dad bought that everytime when I'm back to visit. I like their pastry skin very much. I've made a few experimental on the skin but not so satistying. Hopefully, I can get the right one soon! Yours look realy mouthwatering lol! Have a nice day.
Cheers, Kristy

Kathleen May 24, 2010 at 11:58 AM  

Hi wendy,

Your egg tarts look absolutely mouth watering... LOL

Can you pls comment on the taste of the fillings? Some tarts I bought are very eggy in taste. How about yours?

Thanks.

Kathleen

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... May 24, 2010 at 12:05 PM  

Esther,
Haha, it's 3 pairs of hands working together, so it's not that difficult.

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... May 24, 2010 at 12:09 PM  

Kristy,
Hmmm.. I have never eaten that before. Where did you dad get them? In Kampar ah???

Kitchen Corner May 24, 2010 at 12:09 PM  

Woahh!!! You've very nicely baked egg tarts! I would like to try out the recipe of tart filling. It looks exactly what I had from my hometown. Thanks for sharing, I've bookmarked it :)

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... May 24, 2010 at 12:11 PM  

Kathleen,
About the taste, this is my customer's comment.
"I never eat egg tarts, but one bite into yours make me want to eat more. There's no eggy taste at all. I will only get them from you, and no one else."

Quinn May 24, 2010 at 12:13 PM  

You take beautiful pictures and the egg tarts are so good looking! Well done Wendy!

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... May 24, 2010 at 1:45 PM  

Kitchen Corner,
Oh please let me know when you have made this.

Memória May 24, 2010 at 2:24 PM  

Look at you!! Getting published on foodgawker! These tarts look amazing. I want some!! Thank for sharing the recipe.

I would prefer the naked ones, too.

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears May 24, 2010 at 2:49 PM  

Wow, i like flaky egg tarts crusts a lot...i checked your recipe, what brand of butter do you use?---I don't think i'm able to bake them but just curious to know the difference of pure butter and those Farmcows or Buttercup(Btw, i don't like margerine too, but butter---not those soft spread...plus a bit of caster sugar on a slice of bread tastes real good---not healthy thou...)
Mel

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... May 24, 2010 at 2:59 PM  

Memoria,
Great to see you here again.
It's been so long since you wrote a comment here :)

Thanks!!! I can't believe it too (FG), plus the picture was watermarked :)

Angie's Recipes May 24, 2010 at 3:13 PM  

I love these HK egg tarts....Simply gorgeous!

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... May 24, 2010 at 3:16 PM  

Mel,
I use either Tatura (an Australian brand) or Anchor mostly.

Farmcows/Buttercup are dairy spreads. Dairy spread is a substitute for butter which is made from a blend of milkfat, cultured buttermilk, milk solids-not-fat, and edible oil or fat. So, they are not real butter. If they are butter, they will brand themselves as butter. Real butter are made with milk. Real butter taste awesome.

About margarine and butter. I will at all times vouch for butter in terms of health. Butter is natural. Margarine is not. Margarine is hydrogenized oil and it contains trans fat and is carcinogenic (when overheated to a certain temp) and it's the source of obesity and heart diseases. You can read more about trans fat here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans_fat

bakies May 24, 2010 at 3:29 PM  

looks delicious!! so do your other posts! will definitely be trying out some of your recipes. will link you when i do. :)

mNhL May 24, 2010 at 3:46 PM  

they look so beautiful! Yes, I want a bite, pleeeaasseee......

sk fong May 24, 2010 at 4:16 PM  

Those egg tarts look so beautiful.
I prefer酥皮蛋塔 more than normal egg tart. Have you try TongKee egg tart before? That’s my favourite.

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... May 24, 2010 at 4:24 PM  

sk fong,
I like those puff pastry egg tarts too, but I find them too wasteful to make, as only a cut out part is used, and the dough can't be remoulded to use again as it will lose all the layers.

I've eaten Tong Kee ones before, and they are lovely. I bought them near Bangkok bank, nearby there la. I don't think I will ever, endeavour on a puff pastry egg tart. Buying is much much easier.

Cherine May 24, 2010 at 5:37 PM  

those tarts are irresistible!

manglish May 24, 2010 at 5:44 PM  

i am in agony...........hahahaha

Anncoo May 24, 2010 at 10:48 PM  

The tarts look so perfect! Can I order too?

MaryMoh May 25, 2010 at 1:07 AM  

This is bakery standard! Looks perfect in look and texture. I wish I can have one...would make my day :D

Julia May 25, 2010 at 1:08 AM  

These are beautiful!!!! I made some egg tarts last week for the first time, oh my goodness, what has taken me so long? They are fabulous.

Carolyn Jung May 25, 2010 at 1:22 AM  

These are my ultimate weakness when I go out for dim sum. Oh sure, I love a good shrimp dumpling. But egg custard tarts? My heart be still. ;)

kirbie May 25, 2010 at 6:14 AM  

Your egg tarts are beautiful! They look like the bakery store ones. I've made them before, but mine never come out so pretty. I'll have to try your recipe.

Jess @ Bakericious May 25, 2010 at 10:32 AM  

Hi Wendy, your egg tarts look so soft and like mouth melting kind, I feel like giving a bite even though I dun fancy egg tart :)

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... May 25, 2010 at 11:39 AM  

Anncoo,
Hahaha, these are so fragile I don't know how to courier them to you.

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... May 25, 2010 at 11:45 AM  

Mary, Carolyn, Julia,
Thanks. I guess it only needs practice :)

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... May 25, 2010 at 11:46 AM  

Kirbie,
Please do try the recipe.
If you really couldn't handle the soft dough, lightly sprinkle extra flour onto it before you roll it. Not too much flour, though.

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... May 25, 2010 at 11:47 AM  

Jess,
Mostly people dun eat egg tarts due to the eggy taste of the fillings.
Do give this recipe a try as it doesn't smell eggy at all.

Shirley @ Kokken69 May 25, 2010 at 12:04 PM  

These look SOOO professional! Congratulations on your new baking business! :)

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... May 25, 2010 at 12:12 PM  

Shirley,
Hhaha, now I know you don't really read through my posts :)
I've been taking orders for more than a year.
I've talked about my orders in a few posts.
Anyway, thanks. But really it's nothing much, just neighbours who wants some homemade stuff. I don't even make more than RM100/month.

Blessed Homemaker May 25, 2010 at 4:26 PM  

After seeing your pics, I feel shy to post my entry now :P

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... May 25, 2010 at 5:56 PM  

Blessed Homemaker,
Oh plese don't. I'd love to see yours.
Your stuff got homemade feel, made with love.
That's all that counts.
I've made this countless times, so, please don't compare yours to mine. When I first made these, they looked very uneven too.

Shirley @ Kokken69 May 25, 2010 at 6:37 PM  

aiyah,I try to read every one of your posts, I really do.. but sometimes, cannot help it - especially nowadays, you post so fast, can't read fast enough...:D
Actually, I tried to supply some cookies to a market stall for sale one Christmas but got scolded by the vendor because I could only supply one batch - after which I was too busy to make more... :P - quite fun though.

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... May 25, 2010 at 6:49 PM  

Shirley,
Haha, true enough, I'm posting much much faster than what I used to because I have too much back posts. What is posted now actually stuff from months ago. I've arranged my post to be posted once every 2 days and the schedule is until september!!!! The cracker I told you about will be somewhere in July. Imagine how many I have!!! If I don't post once every 2 days but twice a week, I think my schedule will last me til nov or dec. And I'm churning out new stuff almost daily... darn!!! I'm really making too much stuff.

CH Voon May 29, 2010 at 8:38 PM  

you allow mnhl to bite right..

where is mine? i want to bite too pleease

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... May 30, 2010 at 11:38 AM  

Voon,
Aiya, the tarts are here, please bite, bite...
hehehehe.

hanna,  June 14, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

lovely tarts...thanks for the recipe. i'll be sure to try this out soon!

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... June 14, 2010 at 10:29 AM  

Hanna,
You're welcomed.
Please let me know the outcome.

Anonymous,  August 9, 2010 at 12:34 PM  

Hi,Wendy,
do I need to prick the base before baking just like any other tart recipe? Will the egg fillings leak through the holes?
Must try your recipe, looks so good.
Sem

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 9, 2010 at 6:47 PM  

Sem,
If you prick it, it'll definately make the tart leak.
And that's the last thing you ever want it to happen.

Usually tart crusts are prebaked, when if they are pricked, they have less tendency of puffing up, cos prebaking does not involve the filling.
This egg tart is baked with fiilings and it's enough to suppress the crust down. Never ever prick the crust for egg tarts, no matter whose recipe you're trying, as the filling is liquid and it'll definately seep out and make the crust stick to the pan.

Anonymous,  August 10, 2010 at 10:23 AM  

Hi, Wendy, thanks for your reply,now i understand why my egg tarts stuck to the moulds!Another question is (sorry if i ask too many question here ), do you use normal ruler to measure the dough to 4mm thickness and how do we ensure that the dough is all even with the same thickness?
Sem

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 10, 2010 at 10:52 PM  

Sem,
Eyeball 4mm.If you're not sure, then use a ruler to measure. If you're using those fluted moulds, you need it to be thicker than 4mm. But disposable tart tins, 4mm will be sufficient.

So far, I'm pretty precise in eyeballing thickness, just need some practise and I've been doing these tarts so many times, I've lost count.

Anonymous,  December 21, 2010 at 11:15 PM  

Hi Wendy,

Thanks for a great recipe, i have a blast baking the egg tart, is a success on my first try after lots of trial on getting the dough into the tart tin fast enough before the dough teared up.
The crust is really soft and melt in your mouth version. :)

I can't wait to try out more of your recipes. :)

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Thanks
Lily

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more December 22, 2010 at 2:32 AM  

Lily,
Glad you loved this tart. LOL, you don't need to race against time to do this. If ever it tears, just place the teared dough back on, and rub it like putting ointment. The surface will smoothen out.
It shouldn't melt while you do it. It just takes practice to handle this dough, soft it may be, but the results are well worth it. People who have tried helping me in my kitchen always failed in their first few tarts, until they learn to really be gentle with it, as the Cantonese says, use "Yum" energy, and not "Ngang" energy.
Merry Christmas to you too.

Anonymous,  December 23, 2010 at 6:22 PM  

where do you get the aluminum pans?

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more December 23, 2010 at 9:39 PM  

Anonymous,
Any bakery supplies shop or crockery shop that sells pots and pans.
The most expensive that I've seen is RM1.20 each.
Even Jusco will have it, but there are 2 types, one made of tinned iron and another of aluminium. How to differentiate? Just get the more expensive one. That's aluminium.

Anonymous,  September 17, 2011 at 8:03 PM  

Where to buy the tart tins? can I order?

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more September 19, 2011 at 8:24 AM  

Anonymous,
Before you like to order any, are you going to pick them up yourself? Do you know where I stay in Malaysia?
Non disposable egg tart tins are available at crockery shops or bakery supplies shop.
Disposable ones are available are bakery supplies shop.

Mieza January 16, 2012 at 9:33 PM  

like ur egg tart..never tried this..usually i did cheese tart coz my hubby prefer cheese to egg..but looking at yours has tempted me to try..

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Patricia,  March 18, 2012 at 3:57 PM  

Tried the recipe just now and the tarts turned out perfectly, needed 10 more minutes of baking...i'm so happy, my whole family love it...thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more March 19, 2012 at 9:21 AM  

Patricia,
Great to hear that.
Sometimes baking times depends on ovens and size of tarts :)

Top Digital Products April 13, 2012 at 12:47 AM  

Hi Wendy,

I'm a student and I would like to buy your tarts in bulk as I plan to sell it in my university during the Bazaar Day. May I know if you do it?

My email is mail@dic-syen.com and hp no. 0166349659.

Looking forward to hear from you.

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more April 13, 2012 at 12:51 AM  

Top Digital Products,
Sorry I don't take any orders nowadays.

Anonymous,  April 23, 2012 at 6:38 PM  

Hi Wendy,

Today, I just tried your recipe as my eldest son loves egg tarts.
They turned out fabulous!
For the filling, instead of 250ml milk, I substituted with 50% of evaporated milk and 50% full cream milk, and they tasted good.

Just wonder if you do know how to do the Portuguese Egg tart, with a slightly burnt dark brown filling :)))

Thanks very much for sharing your recipes.

PY Lee

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more April 23, 2012 at 7:49 PM  

PY Lee,
thanks for the feedback and sorry I have never attempted Portuguese Egg Tarts

Domino,  April 25, 2012 at 5:04 AM  

Dear Wendy,

How do you make your egg custard set so nicely? I used your recipe and followed it to a T (love the pastry btw) but my custard bubbled, inflated while baking and some had brown spots on it. I used a 180C fan oven. Could it be the oven is too hot ? Appreciate your advise. Thanks!

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more April 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM  

Domino,
I used 180c with fan too.
Maybe your oven is hotter.
If it bubbles and deflate, it has overbaked.
If you see a sign of it starting to inflate, then stop baking right away.

Faeez May 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM  

Hi Wendy,
I've made these tarts. They are really delicious. Mine don't look like what they should be, but I like them that way. Thank you for sharing the recipe. :)

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more May 3, 2012 at 12:26 PM  

faeez,
thanks for trying out the recipe and the feedback.
How do they look like?

Jas May 11, 2012 at 6:24 AM  

Hi Wendy, like to try your egg tarts recipe, if using egg tarts tin it's still need to put into ref for overnight? Pls advise

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more May 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM  

Jas,
Yes. Actually it's just chill until it's very cold. I split the work into 2 days as I am busy most of the time. So, it's not neccesary to be overnight.

Anonymous,  July 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM  

Hello Wendy,

I've tried your recipe and it is my first attempt. Amazingly, it turned out a success and i really love the taste. Thank you very much for being honest with the recipe by showing step by step clear and concise explanation. Next i'd love to try pineapple tart...look at from the ingredients..i can imagine it would be super delicious....

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more July 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM  

Anonymous,
Thanks for your feedback and all the best with the pineaaple tarts :)

Anonymous,  August 7, 2012 at 9:34 AM  

Good Day Wendy

I am thinking of making egg tarts using ur recipe. But due to unpredictable timetable schedule, cud u kindly advise me if I cud make the pastry and store it in the freezer for say more than 2 weeks before using it to make the egg tarts.

And if possible to freeze dough for the period I mentioned, do u think it will be better that I freeze the whole lump of dough not molded or molded the tart shells and then freeze them?

Appreciate ur expert advice.

Blessings
Priscilla Poh

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more August 7, 2012 at 2:41 PM  

Priscilla,
If you keep them in a lump, imagine the time you need to thaw them before, forming then only bake.
If they are already moulded, you can just remove them from the freezer and use them immediately.
You can keep them frozen for a long time, as long as you keep them covered. I kept mine for about 2 months before.
For me, usually I do the tart shells in one afternoon and bake them some other day.

Anonymous,  August 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM  

Thank you so much Wendy.

Will do the dough tomorrow and freeze it. Will bake tarts as and when my family members wish to eat.

Thanks also for the tip on watching out for sign of filling starting to inflate to stop baking tarts.

Will let you have feedback on the tarts in later.

Blessings
Priscilla Poh

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