Egg Custard Tarts | GBBO #4

Egg Custard Tarts | BluebirdsunshineAh pastry, definitely my nemesis in the baking world. Chefs always make it look so easy to whizz up copious amounts of lard with flour and transform a squidge into crisp, buttery goodness.

When I saw it was all about the pastry on the Great British Bake Off this week I was a little scared. I had promised to challenge myself with the Great Bloggers Bake Off, and I had to do Jenny Berry and Helen Hollywood proud and give pastry another go.

I opted for custard tarts because, hello, no blind baking and a mention that you could work the dough quite a lot and it would forgive you. Perfect.

I used Paul’s recipe here. Step one into the recipe though and I was fretting. The battery on my digital scales has been threatening me with a ‘LO’ message for numerous bakes now and it chose the tarts to finally give up the ghost. I had to fall back on a pair of plastic scales that are really not reliable. Not a good start. I persevered though and overall I’m pleased with the end result. I did have sinking domes so guessing I overbaked slightly but at least I got the tarts out and….drum roll…no soggy bottom! They taste great too. Hooray.

Egg Custard Tarts | Bluebirdsunshine

Two minor issues to report. One: Light. There was none today round here, gloomy as all hell, so rubbish piccies make me sad. And Two: storage. I just googled how to store custard tarts and it would appear they’re only good on the day of baking. Help, someone come and eat 5 custard tarts, quick. Save me from storing them in my tummy!

Now to check out lots of lovely tarts and no doubt pin a dozen recipes I want to make and eat. Go on a droolfest with Mummy Mishaps and The Crazy Kitchen and all the other fabulous Great Blogger Bakers.

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20 responses to “Egg Custard Tarts | GBBO #4

  1. ooh they look great! well done… I’m glad they turned out so well for you…they didn’t make it look too easy on the show did they! I made my first tart & blind baked but maybe that’s because it was a big one…must try small ones next..oh & my tart is still fine on the 2nd day & I kept it in the fridge.
    thanks for joining in again.

  2. i actually excalimed “ooooh” upon seeing your egg custard tarts. i think you would have pleased the real Berry and Hollywood with them as they look really good. as it is you made me happy seeing your little tarts and well done on tackling your nemisis šŸ™‚ and thank you for linking up x

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  4. They look delicious to me bad light or not I’d still eat them, I bet you don’t have any left now do you? And I bet they lasted a day in the fridge? come on they sell them in supermarkets!

  5. They look fantastic! Wouldn’t have even noticed the light- I was too busy drooling- I would have eaten the five for you! (And I would have just kept them in the fridge until I had finished).

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  7. I made these too šŸ™‚ although I kind of made it up as I went along. It’s so hard to take good photos on gloomy days isn’t it? Or at 11 o’clock at night as I always seem to do šŸ˜‰

    • Yes, I alway end up neglecting the children’s tea to make the most of the last light of the day, and it’s only going to get tougher as winter approaches. Eeek, the kids are going to eat a lot of scrambled eggs on toast I think šŸ™‚

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