Small Batch Macau Style Portuguese Egg Tart

Small Batch Macau Style Portuguese Egg Tart

I had tried egg pie, Chinese egg tart, but last year when I went home was the fist time I had tried Portuguese Egg Tart. They are amazing! I cannot believe that I haven’t heard of it back then. Lord Stow Egg Tart was so far the best tart I had tried. I’m glad that my brother introduced me to this tart, better late than never.  I don’t know when I will visit Philippines again, so the chance of having this Portuguese Tart is far from happening anytime soon. Going to Macau is even more not happening.

Macau Style Portuguese Egg Tart (Small Batch)

So I had decided I would like try my luck and bake something similar. I am pretty sure I will not even come close to the real thing, so for now, I will settle for something close enough. Let’s get started!

Small Batch Macau Style Portuguese Egg Tart


  • Puff Pastry (Store bought or Homemade Puff Pastry)
  • 1/3 cup dairy cream, 35% fat
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 cup full-fat fresh milk
  • 1/2  tsp vanilla extract

Small Batch Macau Portuguese Egg Tart

The custard is smooth , soft and not too sweet. The puff pastry crust is thin and crunchy, making the custard filling the center of attention.

Puff Pastry Shell Preparation Instructions:

  1. Cut puff pastry into 6 small pieces. If you are using store bought, you only need 1 pack. One box normally comes with 2 packs. If you using Homemade Puff Pastry, just make 6 round pieces enough to cover the medium size muffin tin you are using.
  2. Press each of this piece to into a medium size muffin tin. You want to cover each muffin tin. You are basically making a shell that will hold the custard filling.
  3. Freeze while you are making your custard filling. This can be made ahead of time, keep it frozen in the freezer.

Portuguese Tart (Small Batch)

Custard Filling:

  1. To make custard filling, whisk cream, sugar, yolks, milk and cornflour till smooth.
  2. Stir over medium-low heat till thick enough to coat pot thinly (around 1 -2  minutes).
  3. Place pot in water-bath to stop cooking.
  4. Add vanilla extract and stir.
  5. Stir till mixture is half-cool.
  6. Leave to cool completely.
  7. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  8. Pour custard filling into the puff pastry shell you made.
  9. Bake till crust is brown, and custard is burnt and just stops bubbling. This takes about 40-45 minutes. You should check every 10 minutes and rotate tray as necessary so that all tarts brown evenly.
  10. Remove tarts from oven to wire rack. Leave till cool. Serve within a few hours whilst pastry is crisp.
  11. Leftovers should be refrigerated. Reheat tarts on foil lined baking tray at 350°C. Pastry would turn soggy after 5 minutes, then crisp up nicely after another 5 minutes or so. Custard would be creamy and smooth but a bit sunken.

Good to know:

  • This tart is best served while the crust is crunchy and warm. If you need to refrigerate it, reheat it in the oven for 10 minutes at 300F.

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Small Batch Macau Style Portuguese Egg Tart.

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Recipe Adapted from: Kitchen Tigress


Categories: Baking, Recipe, Tart

2 replies »

    • More like whipping cream (normally 30% fat) or heavy cream (normally 36 – 38% fat). Double cream has fat (48%), which is too much. I actually used a light cream (20% fat) for this batch. I think the heavy cream will even be better because it is thicker and can hold it’s shape better.


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