Custard tart

Custard tart

Welcome to the delicious world of custard tarts! This classic dessert is a sure way to satisfy your sweet cravings. With a creamy, silky smooth texture and a flaky crust, the custard tart is a perfect treat for any occasion. Follow along as I guide you step-by-step through this easy recipe and create a mouth-watering custard tart that will impress your family and friends. Let’s get started! We’ve made this custard tart easy to follow 👨‍🍳.

custard tart ingredients


  • Plain (all-purpose) flour 170 g (51/2 oz) Salt a dash
  • Butter 115 g (4 oz) + 1 tsp Castor (superfine) sugar 2 tsp
  • Egg yolk 1, small, lightly beaten
  • Cold water 1–2 Tbsp
  • Egg 1
  • Egg yolks 2
  • Sugar 2 Tbsp
  • Plain (all-purpose) flour 1 Tbsp
  • Milk 160 ml (51/2 fl oz) Single (light) cream 160 ml (51/2 fl oz)
  • Butter 1 Tbsp, melted Vanilla essence (extract) 1 tsp


  1. Sift 170g of plain flour and a dash of salt into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add 115g of butter and cut it into small pieces with a table knife.
  3. Rub the flour and butter together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs and mix in two teaspoons of caster sugar.
  4. Add beaten egg yolk with one to two tablespoons of cold water and mix with the knife.
  5. With your hands mix and knead dough until smooth. Add more water if dough is too dry and chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  6. Using the remaining butter, grease a 17.5–20-cm flan tin with a removable bottom.
  7. Roll out pastry 5cm larger in diameter than flan tin, then ease into tin and trim edges.
  8. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove lined tin from refrigerator and bake blind for 10 minutes then remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  10. Lower the oven temperature to 170°C.
  11. Prepare custard. In a mixing bowl, beat one egg, two egg yolks and two tablespoons of sugar together until mixture is thick and pale in colour. Mix in one tablespoon of plain flour, then 160ml each of milk and cream, melted butter and one teaspoon of vanilla essence.
  12. Pour into pastry case and bake for 45–50 minutes or until custard is light brown and set.
  13. If pastry or filling browns too quickly, cover with a piece of aluminum foil to prevent burning.
  14. Let the tart cool for 10 minutes before removing from tin. Serve cold.

custard tart

How long does custard tart last in the fridge?

Custard tart can be stored in the fridge after cooking for up to three to four days if stored properly in an airtight container. It is important to wait until the tart has cooled down to room temperature before refrigerating it. It is recommended to cover the tart with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate it immediately to prevent any bacterial growth. Before serving, let the custard tart come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. If you want to store the custard tart for longer, you can also freeze it for up to three months.

Low calorie custard tart substitutions

To make this custard tart recipe lower in calories, a few substitutions can be made. Firstly, the amount of butter used in the pastry can be reduced and replaced with a lower-calorie butter alternative. Additionally, the amount of sugar used in the pastry and custard can be reduced or replaced with a sugar substitute such as stevia or erythritol. Instead of using regular milk and cream, a lower-fat milk such as skim milk or almond milk can be used to make the custard. Lastly, the portion size of the tart can be reduced to decrease the calorie intake per serving.

What to serve with custard tart?

Custard tart is a delicious and classic dessert that is best served with a few accompaniments. One popular option is a dollop of whipped cream, which provides a light and fluffy contrast to the rich custard filling. Another great pairing is a small spoonful of fruit compote or jam, which adds a sweet and tangy flavor that complements the custard’s creamy texture. For an extra-special touch, consider serving the tart with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream or garnishing it with fresh berries or sliced fruit. Finally, a cup of coffee or tea is the perfect beverage to sip alongside the custard tart, rounding out the meal and providing a satisfying ending to the experience.

Whats the best sauce for custard tart?

When it comes to pairing a sauce with custard tart, the most traditional and classic option is to sprinkle a light dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg on top of the tart. However, for those who crave an extra layer of flavor, caramel sauce can be an excellent pairing as well. The rich and sweet caramel flavor complements the creamy custard filling perfectly, adding a decadent touch to the dessert. Another great option is to serve the tart with a fruit sauce, such as raspberry or strawberry, which adds a hint of tartness to contrast the sweetness of the custard. Ultimately, the best sauce for custard tart depends on individual taste preferences, but cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, or fruit sauce are all great options to enhance the flavor profile of this classic dessert.

Custard tart health benefits

Custard tart is a delicious dessert that offers some health benefits when consumed in moderation. One of the benefits is that custard contains calcium, which is essential for strong bones and teeth. Additionally, custard contains egg yolks, which are high in protein and also contain essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, vitamin B12, and iron. However, custard tart is also high in sugar and fat, so it should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a healthy balanced diet.





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