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Portugese Tarts


Portugese Tarts are one of my favorite desserts.  I love the custard filling and the flaky crust.  They are just the perfect size to indulge in something sweet after dinner, without overdoing it.

Good Portugese Tarts can be hard to find.  I’m always on the lookout for them, but don’t always find good ones.

Then, a few weeks ago, I decided to try making my own.  While I couldn’t imagine replicating the goodness of a store bought tart, I thought I should at least try once.  So, I did and I am no longer dependent on a good bakery to get my fix!

I tried two recipes and I’ll share both with you here.

The First Recipe – Portugese Egg Tarts

For the first batch of tarts, I used a recipe that I found on line at All Recipes.  I made the crust myself using a basic pastry recipe.  I then made 12 rounds and lined 12 muffin cups with them.

For the filling of the tarts, I used:

4 egg yolks

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup heavy cream

1/3 cup milk

3 drops vanilla extract

To make the filling, I beat all of the ingredients listed above together until is was light and foamy.  I used this to fill the 12 muffin cups and baked them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.  Here’s what they looked like when I was done.

Portugese Tarts

I was quite pleased with this recipe.  The tarts were creamy on the inside and the crust was nice and flaky.   I was very pleased with this recipe.  And then, just a week after I had made these, I stumbled upon another recipe for Portugese Tarts.

I found the recipe in a complimentary Chatelaine magazine that I received at a local bookstore.  I don’t typically buy magazines, so when I found this recipe, I felt compelled to try it out!

The Second Recipe – Perfect Portugese Tarts

For this recipe, I used Butter Puff Pastry to make the crust. Again, the crust was nice and flaky and it was so much easier than making my own crust!

For the filling, I used:

3 egg yolks

1 egg

1 cup milk

3/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup sugar

2 T cornstarch

2 tsp vanilla

Once again, I whisked all of the ingredients together until the mixture thickened.  I cooled it in the freezer and then poured/spooned the filling into the muffin cups. I baked them at 500 degrees for about 20 minutes. The result was another set of excellent Portugese Tarts.

Perfect Portugese Tarts

How Do They Compare?

Both sets of tarts were delicious.  I’ve had several family members do taste tests for me and they all like both batches.  Phew!

Personally, I like the creaminess of the second batch and the thinner crust on the first batch.  Truly, they are both fantastic.  You can find links to both recipes in this blog post.  Let me know if you try either one!  I’d love to hear how they turn out!

40 thoughts on “Portugese Tarts

  1. This sounds so delicious! I want to try!

  2. I am definitely going to have to try these!

    xx Cara

  3. Tarts are something I have also been hesitant to make simply because they seem difficult to master, but yours look great. I may just have to try them out! 🙂

  4. yum! These remind me of Chinese Egg Tarts – do you know if they are similar?

  5. I love anything sweet 🙂 The crust looks like the best part, yum!

  6. OMG ! They look delicious
    Only two days left to participate in my giveaway!

  7. I’ve never heard of these – GASP – So I’m definitely dying to try them! I wonder if I could try to tweak your recipe a little to make a vegan version… Hmmm… ❤

    • Hmmm…a vegan version sounds like a challenge. I guess you’d just have to make a custard without the eggs and use that as the filling. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them!

  8. uaaah, they look so delicious! I never heard of them!! Why?? o:
    Yummy (:

    GIG love ♥

  9. Yummy in your tummy! I will try that too! 🙂

    Kumiko Mae

  10. I love to eat but I’m terrible in the kitchen. It’ll be better for everyone if I just buy these tarts from the bakery hahaha =.= I’ll save your recipes though, who knows one day I might unleash my inner patissier?

  11. I must learn how to bake/cook! Hahaha. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  12. I haven’t tried Portugeese tart but I have sure tried the normal basic ones haha.. This one looks so much more delicious. I’m really not big on eggs, but I’m sure it’ll still taste awesome. 🙂

  13. I will surely try this up. It looks really good!

  14. give me oneee >,<
    drooling so bad lol

  15. That looks yummy! I’ll have to try this out.

  16. Yummy! As I am hungry I can only imagine the taste 😉

  17. YUM!! I love egg tarts! Thanks for sharing ❤

  18. yummy!!! they look delish!~ I cant bake to save my life lol

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