Hongkong Style Egg Tarts

Filipino Style Recipe: One of the most popular pastries when you go to Hongkong is their egg tarts. And who would have though that this is very easy to prepare? The tarts were a huge hit when I brought some to my officemates.

Makes 24 tarts

For the Tart Shell:
3 cups alls purpose flour
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup butter, cold
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Filling:
1 1/2 cups water
2/3 cup white sugar
8 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoon calamansi juice
1 cup milk

1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and confectioner’s sugar. Fold in the butter using a fork until mixture forms small crumbs. Stir in the egg and vanilla extract and mix until it forms a dough. If the mixture feels greasy, add some flour. Scoop around 2 tablespoon on the dough, form into flat ball and press into tart molds so that it covers the bottom and the sides.

2. In a saucepan, combine water and sugar and boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. Strain the eggs into the sugar mixture and whisk. Add the milk and vanilla and whisk again.

3. Strain the egg mixture into the prepared tart shells. This will avoid having bubbles on the tart.

4. Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit or until the shells are golden brown and the filling is set.