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Quick Portuguese Tarts Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver's book '30 Minute Meals' is brilliant, but in a real-life kitchen, the meals take longer than 30 minutes, well they do in mine anyway!

Quick Portuguese Custard Tarts on a wire rack

Portuguese Custard Tarts

The recipes in the book are truly drool-worthy so not knowing what to cook first as I had my eye on several I went with these Quick Portuguese Custard Tarts. Drizzled with caramel they looked good.

Now as to whether or not they are like a traditional Portuguese tart, probably not. But they taste good and are seriously easy to make.

Read my Top Tips before you make these!

You might also be a bit confused as I was when I went to make these the first time the book says one thing but his YouTube video is a little bit different.

The book says to cut the 375g pastry sheet in half and put one half in the fridge for another day.

BUT if you do that, beware because you will not have enough pastry, trust me on this.

To make 6 tarts you will need the whole 375g pack. The recipe below is exactly how I made these and as you can see they were a success.

In fact, if you're not in a big rush to get these gorgeous looking tarts into your belly, you could buy a 500g pack (the non-ready rolled kind) and roll it yourself.

Why? One it's cheaper, and two you'll find the custard is plenty enough to make 8 tarts (if you use 500g of pastry that is).

Please note: I had to throw a good amount of the custard away as there simply isn't enough room in the tarts to take it all 😕

Well, with all that said let us get on with the recipe!

Quick Portuguese Custard Tarts

Makes 6
Ingredients

plain flour - for dusting
1 x 375g pack of pre-rolled puff pastry
ground cinnamon
125g crème fraîche
1 free-range egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla paste or extract
zest of half an orange

For the Caramel

5 tablespoons of golden caster sugar
1 orange

Method

Preheat your oven to 200c/400f or Gas 6

Dust a clean surface with a tiny bit of flour.

Sprinkle over a few good pinches of cinnamon, then roll the pastry into a Swiss roll shape (cigar shape) use enough cinnamon to cover, use your fingers to smooth it over evenly.

Cut into 6 or 8 if you used 500g of pastry as I mentioned in my top tips above.

Stand the pastry rolls up on their ends and put them in 6 (or 8) holes of a muffin tin.

Pastry rolled in cinnamon

Use your thumbs to stretch and mould the pastry so the bottom is flat and the pastry comes up to the top of each muffin hole of the tin.

Put the tray on the top shelf of the oven and cook for around 10 minutes, or until lightly golden.

Spoon the crème fraîche into a small bowl.

Add the egg, vanilla paste or extract and 1 tablespoon of golden caster sugar and the zest of half an orange. Give it a good mix.

Custard Filling for Quick Portuguese Tarts

Take the muffin tin out of the oven and use a teaspoon to press the puffed up pastry back to the sides to make room for the filling.

Spoon the creme fraiche mixture into the tart cases, and return to the oven for 8-10 minutes.

Mine actually took 12 minutes. All ovens are different so keep an eye on them.

Meanwhile, put a small saucepan on high heat. Squeeze the juice from the zested orange and add 5 tablespoons of golden caster sugar.

Stir and keep an eye on it, remembering caramel can burn badly so, please don't touch or taste.

Remove the tarts from the oven and pour some caramel over each one; they will still be wobbly but that's good; put them aside to set.

From the 30-minute meals book, I also made Jamie Oliver Piri Piri Chicken.

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Yield: 6
Author: Jan Bennett
Quick Portuguese Custard Tarts

Quick Portuguese Custard Tarts

If you use 500g of pastry you will be able to make 8 because there will be plenty enough custard.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 25 Min

Ingredients

  • plain flour - for dusting
  • 1 x 375g pack of pre-rolled puff pastry
  • ground cinnamon
  • 125g crème fraîche
  • 1 egg - free range of course
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla paste or extract
  • zest of half an orange
For the caramel
  • 5 tablespoons of golden caster sugar
  • 1 orange

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 200c/400f or Gas 6
  1. Dust a clean surface with a tiny bit of flour.
  2. Sprinkle over a few good pinches of cinnamon, then roll the pastry into a Swiss roll shape (cigar shape) use enough cinnamon to cover, use your fingers to smooth it over evenly.
  3. Cut into 6 (or 8 if you used 500g of pastry) as I mentioned in my top tips in my post.
  4. Stand the pastry rolls up on their ends and put them in 6 (or 8) holes of a muffin tin.
  5. Use your thumbs to stretch and mould the pastry so the bottom is flat and the pastry comes up to the top of each muffin hole of the tin.
  6. Put the tray on the top shelf of the oven and cook for around 10 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  7. Spoon the crème fraîche into a small bowl.
  8. Add the egg, vanilla paste or extract and 1 tablespoon of golden caster sugar and the zest of half an orange and give it a good mix.
  9. Take the muffin tin out of the oven and use a teaspoon to press the puffed up pastry back to the sides to make room for the filling.
  10. Spoon the creme fraiche mixture into the tart cases, and return to the oven for 8-10 minutes.
  11. Mine actually took 12 minutes. All ovens are different so keep an eye on them
  12. Meanwhile, put a small saucepan on high heat. Squeeze the juice from the zested orange and add 5 tablespoons of golden caster sugar.
  13. Stir and keep an eye on it, remembering caramel can burn badly so please don't touch or taste.
  14. Remove the tarts from the oven and pour some caramel over each one, they will still be wobbly but that's good. Put them aside to set.
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