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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Portuguese Egg Tart 葡京蛋塔

If you ask me what is the most crucial thing a M'sian gal can't live with when staying far far away from home, right away I'll tell you it has to be Kuali.com. Okay, I know it's a website, not a 'thing' per se, but you get the idea. There are uncountable fantastic recipes, especially recipes that say 'authentic Malaysian cuisine' provided from the website. Kudos to one of the best chef available in our country, Amy Beh, for keeping the site updated regularly. I am really grateful for her generous heart as she is constantly sharing so much wonderful recipes with her fellow readers/fans. With a great source of recipes like kuali.com, 'home' doesn't sound so far away, anymore.

So, what's cooking in my kitchen this time? Portuguese egg tarts came into my mind the other day so I thought it would be fun to give it a try. Needless to say, I turned to kuali.com for help. Only after a few clicks, I managed to find the recipe I needed. And so, I started looking for the necessary ingredients.

For the puff pastry, heh, I 'cheated' a little by using the ready-to-bake puff pastry sheets I bought from grocery store. Yeah, it was easier this way because someone did warn me before that puff pastry is something rather challenging to make. Perhaps I will try to make the pastry myself next time, perhaps not too as the packaged one really did come in handy, and 'satisfaction guaranteed'. Well, we'll see.


Ready-to-bake puff pastry sheets readily available in grocery stores placed in the frozen product aisle. A great product I call it.

So, I defrosted and rolled out the pastry sheet and fit them into my mould. Then I poured in the filling and baked in the preheated over at 350F for around 30 minutes.


My home-made Portuguese Egg Tart in various shapes, from the more classic pie-shaped, to rectangular, and heart-shaped.

I simply love my tarts! They taste real good, but I still wonder why my tarts don't look exactly like those you get from the bakery stores like the Baker's Cottage or King's Confectionery. The tarts I remember would have a darker glaze on some part of the tarts, whereas mine will be almost the same entirely. No big deal, just some random thoughts.

Now, will you please let me get indulged into something homey ... Hmmm, delicious!



P/s:


I plan to make heart-shaped Portuguese egg tarts like these as gift for my relatives when I distribute my wedding invitations in the future. Traditional Chinese custom will give '*Gah Nui Baeng' (嫁女饼), but I thought I can bring in something unique into my future nuptial. What you say?


* means 'daughter-getting-married-biscuit' in Cantonese, it's like a wedding favours you give away when you announce the wedding to close friends and families.

22 Comments:

Blogger shoppingmum said...

Wah, your blogs full of food, food, and food. You must be a good cook huh? It's lovely to give out love-shaped tarts as kar lui peng. Last time I don't have any wedding biscuits, my mums said it's troublesome to distribute...

3:51 AM

 
Blogger Greenapple said...

Hey shoppingmum, There isn't any hawker stalls in North America like M'sia you know... I can only rely on myself but not others, hence cooking is a survival need. As for whether am I a good cook, I'll say that there are always room for improvement. And you think the idea of giving out heart-shaped tarts would be a lovely idea? Thanks for being supportive! ;)

3:16 PM

 
Blogger vagus said...

man. those look good. i'll have to give them a try.
is the recipe kinda idiot-proof?

10:30 PM

 
Anonymous maria said...

hahaha...taste good is good enough already, doesn't matter the looks like the original one or not lar.
I too love to use the readymade pastry, save a lot hassle.

2:33 AM

 
Blogger glutton rabbit said...

The heart shaped ones looks so cute and romantic! Really creative of you to think of this...

7:43 AM

 
Blogger Greenapple said...

vagus_n, as long as you can get the hassle-free puff pastry, you should be alright. it's not that a tough job to make these tarts.

hey maria, yalor, they make ourlives so much easier hoh ...

hey glutton rabbit, haha, thanks for your compliment. my brother said he is gonna learn how to make it and use it as a trick to court gals in the near future ... haha. Well, there isn't a copyright for an idea like this, so whoever is interested, please be my guest!

12:17 PM

 
Blogger boo_licious said...

great looking tarts greenapple and I totally support the idea about giving them as a wedding gift to relatives. LOL at your brother who wants to use this to "kau luis".

I think the ones at Kings has a dash of egg wash on top of it to make it a bit darker but not too sure as I have never baked egg tarts before.

6:57 AM

 
Blogger boo_licious said...

Oh another thing is, besides kuali for reference for local stuff, you have a support system in Malaysia who can give you recipes from their cookbooks, so if you want anything you can't find in kuali, drop me an email and I will search my cookbooks.

Happy cooking!

7:01 AM

 
Blogger Chen said...

I like portugese egg tarts.. One of my favourite :)

Wow.. U plan to made yourself the 嫁女饼 ? Really Hard work leh... But it's indeed very unique and special if u made it yourself ;)

2:24 PM

 
Blogger Greenapple said...

hey boo, thanks for all the wonderful details. a dash of egg wash? hmm, i'll try it next time and let's see how they would turn out. My brother is blardy smart in stealing my ideas, haha, that is if he is willing to take the effort to make it, FYI, he only cooks instant noodles, nothing more than that! and I'm serious about making these tarts as my wedding biscuits. If you ever see someone else doing it in the future, it starts from my blog! Ha!

As well, a support system in M'sia? I've never heard about that! Okay, I'll definitely seek for your help in the future if I ever need any recipes that is not covered by kuali.com. Thanks for ya help in advance! May you have great fun in your kitchen too!

Hey, Dr.Chen, the tarts aren't that easy to make really, but you know, I can always bring the mould over to the bakery and ask them the favour if I'm too occupied. Of course, I'll have to pay them. We'll see how things go.

3:34 PM

 
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Hi,
You have a neat blog here. I have a site on wedding gift registry that you may be interested in linking to.

10:13 PM

 
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