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Saturday, September 17, 2005

SHF - Cookin Up Custard - Custard Tartlets

Well, as my blog may reveal, I'm somewhat new to this whole food blogging experience, and so far I LOVE it!! It's been totally amazing, I've found countless other food blogs that I just love, not to mention all the tons of new recipes I'm just dying to try. Needless to say when I heard about Sugar High Fridays I was itchin to be a part of it. Well it's September & here we are it's - Sugar High Friday again!!! Well for some I suppose not anymore..technically for some it's hmm..Sugar Hangover Saturday?? Probably..that will probably be me in the AM..but then again with my sweet tooth I think that's me EVERY But I digress. For those of you who don't know about SHF yet, it's this wonderful event that from what I've read was the brainchild of Domestic Goddess. SHF is open to anyone who blogs about food & would like to take part. Each month focuses on a different ingredient that must be incorporated into the recipe. This month's SHF is entitled "Cookin Up Custard" and is being hosted by Elise over at Simply Recipes. Go check her out to see who else has participated this month. Now..on to MY creation for SHF!! Drum roll

I made Custard Tartlets. To some this may seem boring, to others plain & unassuming. To me it's pure southern charm. Although I have to be honest, no matter how much diggin & huntin I did I would NEVER find a "tartlet" recipe anywhere in my grandmother's recipe collection - no where I tell you, but that's ok, I've put my own twist on that old southern charm. But as much as I love the taste of nutmeg & the smooth milkiness of that cold custard right out of the fridge, or the way the buttery crust just melts in my mouth, I can't tell you the last time I made a custard. It's probably been about 15 years, which means that I was pretty darn young when I was making custards..and I remember NOTHING about the actual process. I just remember the wonderful taste of the end result. So I set off in search of a recipe, a way to recreate this wonderful end result. And yes I said in search of a recipe. I no longer have the recipe I was using 15 years recreating that wonderful custard of my childhood was like huntin for a needle in a But I did it, almost. It will take a bit of tweaking, but I have confidence I can do it.

I used a recipe from Donna Hay's Modern Classics 2. I'm almost ashamed to admit I had never made my own pastry crust before..but with the help of the wonderful Aussie Ms. Hay, I have conquered my fear of the from scratch pastry crust. Just the always seemed so time consuming and well, intimidating, but her recipe was SO easy & it was delicious. I truly believe I will use it again & again. What I will have to tweak a bit is the actual custard itself. It's good, much better cold, which is how I always prefer it, than when it's warm from the oven. The flavors seem so much more vivid to me when it's cold, maybe I'm just crazy? lol Anyway..the custard is good..but I think it needed a bit more heavy cream than milk - it called for 1 cup of each. I think next time I'll try more like 1.5 cup cream & 1/2 cup milk. Next time I will add more sugar, nutmeg & possibly a bit more vanilla. So basically more of everything except the eggs. lol

If anyone wants the recipe just let me know. Can't wait for next SHF!!

Comments on "SHF - Cookin Up Custard - Custard Tartlets"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:03 AM) : 

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Blogger Chan said ... (3:32 PM) : 

Hey there!! I see that you removed a comment from your blog... Are you getting "spam" comments, too? I seem to be getting these weirdo comments from bankers and dating services.... how can we stop this??

Love you blog!! and I LOVE Donna Hay! I have the modern classics 2 book and have made several recipes out of there! They always seem to turn out well!!


Blogger Mika said ... (9:29 PM) : 

Hi J- nice blog you have. I love the idea of a homey comforting tart. Sounds almost like a sugar cream pie. Great entry!


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Blogger Lori said ... (3:03 AM) : 

Custard tartlets boring? Never! Love them. Great job!


Blogger Joe said ... (11:36 PM) : 

The tarts look great! Sounds like your having fun!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:02 PM) : 

Don't you just love Donna Hay! I am adding you to my favorites list. Thanks for visiting my blog too.


Blogger meganjackson8908 said ... (7:32 AM) : 

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Blogger Jennifer said ... (1:22 PM) : 

Those tarts look like they were quite tasty - Donna Hay does have some fantastic recipes!

Thanks so much for joining in on SHF - hope to see you back again next month!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:30 PM) : 

So do they taste kinda like chess pies? I can't quite picture what they'd be like.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:53 PM) : 

I was just browsing around and I found this page.
Thoses custard tartlets look very yummy and familiar........

........oh yeah! Those tartlets look like an asian delicasy that I have seen and ate here on the west coast.

Keep cooking and happy!!!


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