As a beginner, you understand that tarts can be challenging to bake. That is exactly why we are here to change your mind and present you the beginner’s guide to quick and easy tarts! Read now to conquer your baking fears.
It is said that people all around the world, genuinely appreciate tarts in their own culture and their own way of preparation. The tart shells, whether they are crispy, flaky, buttery, or creamy, it is still a wonder how tarts have gotten so popular as desserts or as tea-time treats. Mostly, it is also easy for each one to put their own spin on tarts. They could go for a sweet route or even a savory route, or even both. Today, we just cannot seem to get enough of tarts! As such, it is a promising idea to make your own tarts at home without needing to spend all your money on customized tarts from bakeries.
For your love of tarts, we thought about writing a beginner’s guide to quick and easy tarts. If you think you are not eating the best tarts that you can, here are a host of better tart recipes, starting with great tart shells! And the secret that really makes your tarts taste great is really in its crust. So, let us have a deeper look at the types of tart shells we have over here.
Shortcrust Tart Shells
Now you have seen a plethora of beautiful tarts displayed in the pastry cases at bakeries. And the common crusts are for those are usually the shortcrust. We call it shortcrust because the gluten strands in this type of dough have been shortened (hence the name); this helps to create a crust that is tender and crumbly as opposed to the elongated gluten strands in a bread dough that gives bread its airy and chewy texture. Meanwhile, the term ‘short’ is used for the pastry dough simply because it means a crumbly and flaky pastry with a higher proportion of fat to flour, and a crust that is crispier and less chewy. So, how can you get started in baking your own shortcrust tart shells?
The answer is… you don’t. Because who said you can’t have short cuts (and shortcrust) in life the effortless way?
Par Baked Tart Shells
Rich Products Malaysia is providing you a one-tart solution with the par baked tart shell. What these par baked tart shells are tart crusts that have already been partially baked beforehand.
You will find it easy to adapt your own tart recipes with the availability of these convenient tart crusts that are ready to bake and serve. As such, it is a clever idea to make use of these tart crusts where you do not have to trouble yourself from making your own pastry dough from scratch. You also get to save up some cost without having to spend some extras on flour, powdered sugar, egg, butter, etc. And these tart crusts prove to be satisfying with its delicious buttery taste and lovely aroma with its own formula. Although the tart crusts may look bland at first glance, it is quite inviting when filled with various kinds of custard, crème filling, and fruits.
The combinations are almost endless, and you can choose to pair these par baked tart shells with a savory filling too. A finer and more elegant way of serving your tarts is made possible!
We personally have a few favorites here like our Basque Cheese Tart; it is made with the par baked tart shell, and it holds up beautifully with its luxurious cream cheese filling.
There is also our simple yet ‘you can’t go wrong with’ Mixed Fruit Tarts right here.
Sink your teeth into the sweet and buttery shortcrust tart filled with a delicious milky cream filling (to find out more on what this delicious milky cream filling is all about, read all about Milk Topping here) and topped with seasonal fruits. Now glazed fruit tarts will not be as complicated as you think they are anymore.
Of course, these tart recipes are just two of the few recipes that we have amongst others. But let us now talk about another unique crust that is well loved by almost everyone, that is the crust of the famously loved Portuguese Egg Tarts.
Portuguese Egg Tarts
The history of Portuguese Egg Tarts is interesting. It goes back to 300 years, to Jerónimos Monastery in Belém, west of Lisbon. There was a busy civil community where nuns and monks during such period, would starch their clothes using egg whites because there was no laundry detergent. As a result, there were plenty of egg yolks left. Without wanting to waste those egg yolks, the monks decided to have them used as the main ingredient in desserts… and you can fill in the blanks from there. The Portuguese Egg Tart we have come to know, and love was thus born.
Portuguese Egg Tart Shells
A signature Portuguese Egg Tart crust has a lovely flaky and buttery texture. It is almost crispy and the flakes melts in your mouth when you bite into it along with its custardy filling. They have a lovely crisp golden-brown exterior that makes it hard for anyone who loves pastries to resist them.
Due to its rising popularity in Asia, you may find plenty of Portuguese Egg Tarts at about any bakeries, cafes, or coffee shops (better known as ‘Kopitiam’). They are relished for their light, sweet egg custard filling, and because they taste so good as well. People have been tucking into them for years! And if you are thinking to yourself that instead of buying them, you would like to give a hand in making them yourself, then here is a copy of the famous dessert which you can make at home with just two ingredients only.
The ingredients are:
What is Rich’s Portuguese Egg Tart Topping?
For a hearty Portuguese Egg Tart, Rich Products Malaysia offers you a ready-to-use egg tart mixture that proves to be a one-stop Portuguese Egg Tart solution where you do not have to trouble yourself to make your own tarts from scratch.
To ensure that the Portuguese Egg Tarts cook properly, follow the recipe. Note that these recipe makes up 30 Portuguese Egg Tarts as there are 30 pieces of Portuguese Egg Tart Shells in a pack.
What’s Good To Know: 1 pack of Rich’s Portuguese Egg Tart Topping fills up all 30 pieces of tart shells.
To make Portuguese Egg Tarts:
- Thaw Rich’s Portuguese Egg Tart Topping into liquid form between 2°C to 10°C. Ensure there are no bubbles on top to ensure a smooth surface for the tarts.
- Pour the topping liquid into the Portuguese Egg Tart Shells filling them at 80% to 90% full.
- Preheat your oven at 230°C for top and 245°C for bottom.
- Let the Portuguese Egg Tarts bake for 17 to 20 minutes, and they are ready to be served!
Note that baking condition might vary based of the type of ovens used.
Fresh out of the oven—perhaps a few minutes later to avoid scalding your mouth—these Portuguese Egg Tarts are heavenly. They are the perfect marriage of smooth, eggy custard and a flaky crust.
While some might argue of its authenticity, we are not here to debate about that. All we love to do is share something that is convenient and just as delicious as the authentic Portuguese Egg Tart—and we know you will love this easy-to-bake recipe. Whether you are an avid baker or home caterer for local favorites and such, we know these Portuguese Egg Tarts will bring growth to your business. And if you would like to explore on the other flavors aside from the original crust, we also have the Pandan and Chocolate Portuguese Egg Tart Shell variety at hand for you to try.
Now, wasn’t all that super easy? Congratulations, you have practically made your life a lot easier knowing about Par Baked Tart Shells and Portuguese Egg Tart Shells, where you do not have to roll the pastry dough yourself for some amazing tarts.
To add more flavors and variety...
Come face to face with our wide selection of tart recipes—what to do with the ready-to-bake tart shells, making scrumptious fillings and, yes, even using the air-fryer for more added convenience. To inspire all the home bakers, read Our Top 5 Portuguese Egg Tart Recipes and Portuguese Egg Tart Recipes You Have To Try Right Now to see how you can incorporate some local flavors like chicken satay and sambal belacan into a basic tart crust. By the time you are done reading this, you will want to check what is in your fridge to start making these mouth-watering recipes for yourself and your family. Do not miss out on a life of flavors and varieties!
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