Custard fruit tarts

Sweet petite custard and fruit tarts are delicious dessert appetiser to take to Christmas dinner. Make ahead to save time and assemble close to serving.

  • 2 hrs preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
  • Makes 24
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Custard fruit tarts
  • 1 3/4 cup (260g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1/4 cup (40g) icing (confectioners’) sugar
  • 185 gram cold butter, chopped coarsely
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoon iced water, approximately
  • 1 medium kiwifruit (85g)
  • 60 gram fresh raspberries, halved
  • 60 gram fresh blueberries
Custard cream
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup (75g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 teaspoon pure cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) thickened (heavy) cream, whipped


Custard fruit tarts
  • 1
    Process flour, sugar and butter until crumbly. With motor operating, add egg yolk and enough of the iced water to make ingredients come together. Turn dough onto a floured surface, knead gently until smooth. Wrap pastry in plastic; refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • 2
    Grease two 12-hole (1-tablespoon/20ml) mini muffin pans. Roll out half the pastry between sheets of baking paper until 3mm thick. Cut out 12 x 6cm rounds; press rounds into holes of one pan. Prick bases of cases well with a fork. Repeat with remaining pastry. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 200°C.
  • 4
    Bake about 10 minutes. Stand cases in pan 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, make custard cream; bring milk and extract to the boil in a small saucepan. Beat egg yolks, sugar and cornflour in a small bowl with an electric mixer until thick. With motor operating, gradually beat in hot milk mixture. Return custard to same pan; stir over heat until mixture boils and thickens. Cover surface of custard with plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour. Fold cream into custard.
  • 6
    Cut kiwifruit crossways into eight slices; cut 3cm rounds from slices. Spoon custard cream into cases; top with fruit.


Pastry cases and custard can be made, and stored separately, 2 days ahead; fold cream into custard just before using. Assemble and serve tarts as close to serving time as possible.

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