Friday, June 24, 2011

Mango Mood #6 - Mango Custard Tart


Tarts are one of the most beautiful looking ones among pastries. Love the versatility of this delicacy. You can make them sweet or savory, fruit or custard, chocolate or cinnamon!! Yummmm would be the only reaction for tarts :)

Mango custard tart that I made today was a super duper hit at home. It had a lovely flavor of mango with flaky and crispy base :) Totally melt in the mouth kind and I'm proudly raising my collars up today :)

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I have or rather Chennai has been suffering from power cuts, low voltage and fluctuation issues for the past few days. These problems made me realize how inevitable electricity is :) Went crazy without cooking and blogging. Sigh!! Finally back with a post and hope you all enjoy the mango treat yet again :)

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Short crust pastry to make the tart shell

For tart shell:

Cold Unsalted Butter - 75 gms
All purpose flour(Maida) - 300 gms (1 1/2 cups)
Powdered sugar - 45 gms (3 tbsp)
Salt - a pinch
Cold water - few spoons

For Custard:

Custard powder ( Mango flavor or vanilla flavor) - 4 tsp
Milk - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/3 cup

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To make short crust pastry shell -

Sieve flour, powdered sugar and salt into a mixing bowl. Chop chilled butter into small pieces and drop them into the flour mixture. Rub in the butter and flour with your fingers till it resembles fine crumbs. Now add just enough cold water to it and mix well till everything comes together into a fine dough. Do not kneed. Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for 30 mins.

Roll out the dough on lightly floured surface until it is 1/4 inch thick and slightly bigger than the size of your tart pan.

Line the base of the tart pan with the rolled pastry. Press the dough at the sides of the pan slowly and then run the rolling pin once on the pan to cut off the excess dough. Chill the lined pan for 15 mins or so to minimize shrinking before baking.

Prick holes on the tart base with a fork. Now place a butter paper or foil on the pastry and arrange metal pie weights or dried beans. I filled it with rice for my blind baking.

Preheat oven to 375°F or 190°C and place the tart pans on the center rack and bake for 10 mins at 190°C. Remove the weights and bake for another 10-15 mins at 200°C or until golden.

Cool the shells completely on a wire rack.

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To make custard -

Take few spoons of milk in a small bowl and dissolve the custard powder in it.

Boil the remaining milk along with sugar and once the sugar dissolves, reduce the flame and add the custard mixture. Keep stirring until it thickens slightly and remove from flame.

Allow it to cool for just few mins.

Assembling the tart -

Pour the custard into the tart shells.

Cut out strips of mango and arrange them neatly on the tarts. Place few fresh cherries on top for decoration :)

Mango custard tart is ready.

Chill and serve :)

This quantity was sufficient to make one large tart base of 6" diameter and 4 small tartlets.

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Blind baking is to bake the tart shells separately. You can simply place some weights on the base before baking so that it does not raise.

Chill all the ingredients before using to get flaky and crispy tarts.

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Use fruits of your choice to make this tart interesting.

Replace the custard with melted chocolate to make chocolate tart.

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Enjoy making tarts :) Have a happy weekend :)

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Written by: Nithya
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Cool Lassi(e) said...

That is one decadent tart! I love the pictures! happy weekend!

Anuradha said...

Super duper color combination! Ultimate pics! Looks yummy! yummy! Waiting eagerly to taste my share! Great job Nits!

Unknown said...

Such professional clicks.....looks very tempting...yellow , red combination with the white bg u have a great color sense nithi! Oops tart pathi solave ila ;) supera iruku pakave and its tempting me to try my first tart :)

Archana said...

Wow these are to beautiful to read through without sinking your teeth in them! I wonder how you had the patience to wait to take the pictures. My stomach would not allow me to be as patient. Beautiful

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

you know what I love about your posts? these absolutely gorgeous artistic clicks. so soothing that we want to gorge on the food with our eyes. lovely recipe Nits.

Vimitha Durai said...

Delicious and yummy looking tart... The crunchy shell together with the mangoey filling will be great... Superb clicks.

ann low said...

WOW! These look stunning and yummy!
Have a nice weekend :)

jayasree said...

Stunning clicks...

chef and her kitchen said...

Ur pictures r better day by day Nithi..n now they r best!!
very professional clicks wid nice sense of colors..just love them..:)
nice tart..

Smita Srivastava said...

Wow ... the tarts look so yummy n inviting . Love the clicks esp the way u've done the ribbon...

Santosh Bangar said...

wow super custard and tart. nice pc and presentation

Priya Suresh said...

Woww mango tart looks super cute and elegant..fantabulous..

Hari Chandana P said...

What a tempting recipe.. looks so delicious.. Love your mango recipes.. thanks for sharing dear :)
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KrithisKitchen said...

Simply superb... So very delicious and delectable..
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Raksha said...

super liked all the pics. recipe is tempting. will try tart for sure

Deepthi KR said...

It's really drool worthy blog. I'm loving your photography. Great way of presenting. I'm happy to follow you...plz stop by mine when you find time..

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turmericnspice said...

love love love the colors looks awesome

Suja Manoj said...

This looks delicious..beautiful clicks dear:)

Unknown said...

Yum, looks perfect !!!

Unknown said...

Ahhh lady!! tarts are so pretty 2nd pic is fantastic, combination of yellow and red has added a special zing! hope you really get some good showers to cool down and improve the current supply! happy weekend!

Suji said...

Awesome mango tarts Nithya and i have said this several have a way to photograph and styling!!!Great job!!

chow and chatter said...

great tarts and beautiful pictures sorry about the power cuts in Chennai

Rinku Naveen said...

Niths how I wish I was your neighbour..
Such stunning clicks. Perfect tarts.

Zareena said...

Wow!!! Again another mango dish. Nits, they look fabulous and cute little tarts. Cherries on top are fab.

Prathima Rao said...

Gorgeous clicks!!!! I make fruit tarts the same way..This ine is our fav!!!!
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Sudha Sabarish said...

OMG!Its really awsome Nits.Dfntly it will be yummy yummy.No doubt in that.

Divya Kudua said...

The tart is baked perfectly with the ever so light golden brown colour.I have to try this recipe before the Mango season gets over!!

Unknown said...

Nithya you have outdone yourself - btw, I think one of those personal tarts has my name on it :)

Xiaolu said...

Looks fantastic! Love the way you folded the mango slices.

ushaprashanth said...

Lovely photos and delicious recipe!kids will love it!

Angie's Recipes said...

Beautiful clicks! And those mango tart/tartlets look fabulous.

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

looks irresistably hearty and full of rich texture..:P
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Vaishali said...

Yum, Nithya! Summer puts me in a mango-ey mood too, and you've got quite a series going here. The tarts look amazing.

My Kitchen Antics said...

the shell looks amazingly perfect nithya

Krishnaveni said...

cute post, looks yummy

Anu Nandu said...

AAAhhh Nits - you are mango killing me! But I love it though!

Pushpa said...

Delicious and colorful tarts.Love it.

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tika hapsari nilmada said...

Hi, Nithya
This one is a perfect combination between beautiful photos and yummy recipe.
Thanks for submitting your photo to DMBLGiT July 2011. Good luck !

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Divya said...

ur blog is just excellent... and the pictures just make amateurs like me more confident that the recipes are do-able... just one sugestion though... for all ur baking recipes, please also mention the timing and any other special precautions for a micro wave...cos every time i bake something using a rough estimate, i keep staring at the microwave, waiting for it to burst any moment!

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