Introduction: How to Make Chinese Egg Tarts
I absolutely love exploring Chinese bakeries. There are always a great combination of sweet treats and the fluffiest of bread, so these bakeries never disappoint. A staple in every Chinese bakery is the yummy, creamy, crispy egg tart.
With its signature crispy and flaky shell and silky, creamy filling, the egg tart is a perfect dessert after any meal. (That's why you always see them as a awesome finish after a delicious dim sum brunch).
Another plus? They are easy to make, and oh it's so worth it :)
Happy baking, and let me know in the comments how it all turns out!
Step 1: Ingredients
To make these delicious egg tarts, you'll need:
- 1 sheet of puff pastry
For the filling:
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2.5 ounces hot water
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
Step 2: Preparing the Pastry Dough
Before you start making the egg tarts, be sure to thaw the frozen puff pastry dough for about 20 minutes and also butter the pans that you are using. After, unfold the sheet and cut out large enough circles to fit into your pans. I used individual pans that were a little large compared to a usual egg tart, so I cut 4 circles on the one sheet.
Lay the circles of dough onto the tin and press the dough down. Poke holes on the bottom with a fork.
Also, preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 3: Making the Filling
Now it's time to make the filling!
First combine the hot water and the sugar. Mix until all the sugar dissolves, and then set it aside to let cool.
In another bowl, combine the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and salt and whisk until smooth. Then, combine the two mixtures together. After, use a strainer and strain the mixture twice. This is the secret to making sure that the filling is smooth and silky :)
Pour the mixture (generously!) into each of the prepared tins.
Step 4: Baking and Finish!
Put the egg tarts in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. You know when they are done when the filling stops jiggling and the crust is a nice golden brown color.
Egg tarts are definitely a great dessert to have at anytime, but I love them with tea or after some delicious dim sum. Enjoy these delicious treats (and make sure to let your friends and family have a bite :)