Sunday, 12 March 2006

Weekend Baking Session # 3

This week of Weekend Baking Session, I intend to bake tarts. Been a while since I baked them. I love tarts though they are sinfull due to the amount of fat used in the pastry. I prefer baking little tartlets compared to a big ones. I think they look better and neater. I have tried out fruits, egg, coconut, cherry and lemon tarts before. This time I am going to go for orange tarts.

Orange Tartlets

What do we need:

Sweet Short Crust Pastry:

1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup butter, cold
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 an egg
1 tsp lemon juice
cold water, as necessary

Orange Filling:

3/4 cup orange juice
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 1/2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar, or as desired
1/2 tbsp custard powder
1 tbsp orange zest or 1 tsp orange essence

What do we do:

Sift flour and add the sugar. Grate cold butter into the flour mixture and rub lightly with fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add lightly beaten half an egg and lemon juice. Stir in the cold water, if necessary. Knead very lightly to form smooth pastry. Wrap with a cling film and chill the pastry in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Divide the pastry dough into 10 portions. Press each portion evenly into greased tart mould. Trim edges to remove excess pastry. Prick base of each tart with a fork. Cover and chill again for about 15 minutes. Then, blind bake the pasty cases in a preheated oven at 200º C for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and place the tartlets on a wire rack to cool.

Meanwhile, mix all the filling ingredients together and beat until the sugar has dissolved. Sieve the mixture to ensure that it is free of lumps. Pour the filling into each pastry case. Bake in a preheated oven at 180º C for 20 -25 minutes or until filling is set. Transfer the tartlets to wire rack to cool. Then, cover and refigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.

Serve the orange tartlet with a dollop of whipped cream.


Luv2cook said...


The tarts look delicious. I am like you. I'd much rather bake the miniature versions than the big pie sized versions. I feel that way everyone gets their own serving :) and I HATE cutting pie or tart slices from the big one anyway :).

Puspha said...

luv2cook: We both have the same mind. Thanx for the comment.

Annita said...

May I ask,where can I get tart moulds?
I love tarts,but tart with an orange flavour is completely new to me.

Puspha said...

Well, Annita, as I don't live in the USA I would not be able to help u on that. May I suggest u to have a look at baking supplies shops or at the kitchen utensils section of any shops.

Menu Today said...

Hi Pushpa,
I like tarts very much. I tasted pineapple one, this is new to me.
Thanks for visual treat.

Reshma said...

so sunny and bright! perfect for spring time, aren't they?

Sarah said...

Hey just read that You are a Malaysian... Yippeeeeee It feels heavenly to know another Malaysian!!! Nice blog too

Puspha said...

menutoday: Thanx. R u talking bout the pineapple jam tarts baked during festivals in SG & MY? Well, tat is my fav.

reshma: hahahaha good guess chechi.

Immigrant to Canada: OMG!!! Am I glad or what?! Hello kawan. Nice meeting u & welcome to my blog.

Glanced thru ur blog. Whereabout in KL r u from? I´m a born KLite :)

Devagi Sanmugam said...

Hi there,
The orange tart looks yummy. From the photo, I realized that it is a little dry at the edges. What about baking it in a bain marie eg. placing the filled tart cases in a tray with a little bit of water. When it is baking, the steam will keep the filling moist and smooth.
Hey visit my blog

Puspha said...

Hello Madam. Welcome to my blog
I feel so honoured that u visited my blog. I've heard a lot about u. Wow I can now boast that The Spice Queen of SG visited my blog. Thank u very much.

Yeah, Innitially thought of doing the bain marie method but then, didn't do it. :( I too feel that it is a bit dry. Next time I'll definately do it. Thank u very much for the say. I appreciate it.

I have visited ur website long ago. In fact, I'm a fan of urs. I'll visit ur blog now. Do visit my blog again. Thanx again.

Anonymous said...

looks yummy, i can do with one of those right now with a cup of coffee! ;)

Mrs. B

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your coming.Weekend baking session isyours? when is next & where i have to submit? hope to join thrilling session .

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