I have a recipe file that is bursting with recipe's ripped or cut out of newspapers and magazines as I come across them but I don't often actually try all of them out. This recipe for the above tarts is one that I've had for far too long and had never made but its always catches my eye when I see the title "Mt Manganui tarts". Mt Manganui is a town just a bit further down the east coast from our town,Whangamata, and why these tarts are named after this town I have no idea. I finally decided to try them out yesterday afternoon, my excuse being that they would make a nice lunchbox treat or afternoon tea treat for the girls. I am happy to say they are delicious! They are made up of a sweet pastry tart bottom filled with orange custard topped with a almond scented topping. Yum!
Here's the recipe for you to try:
You will need;
16 ready made sweet tart cases
Custard: 3/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon finely grated orange rind
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon flour
125 grams butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon almond essence
To make custard:
Bring milk to the boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and orange rind. Beat egg yolk and sugar together with flour. Reheat milk and slowly whisk in egg mixture. Continue whisking until the custard is thick. Remove from heat. Cover top with baking paper and refrigerate until cold.
To make topping:
Melt butter in a saucepan. Mix in sugar. Cool and beat in egg. Sift over flour and baking powder. Combine gently with almond essence.
Place pastry cases on an oven tray. Divide custard among tart cases and spread topping mixture over custard. Bake at 190 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy!
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