Chinese Egg Tarts Recipe

Chinese Egg Tarts
Yvonne Ruperti

Notes: To remove tarts from pan, run a butter knife along the sides of each tart. Tilt pan and gently slide a small offset spatula beneath the crust to release.

Recipe Facts

Active: 45 mins
Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
Serves: 16 servings

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For the Crust:

  • 11 tablespoons (5 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ouncesgranulated sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour

For the Custard:

  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ouncesgranulated sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup milk

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream

  • 8 large yolks

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position, place baking stone or sheet pan on rack, and heat oven to 375°. Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin tin. Stir butter, sugar, and salt in a large bowl until combined. Stir in egg, and then flour until completely combined. Divide dough into 16 portions and roll into balls.

  2. Press a dough ball into each cup, pressing dough up sides to about 1/4 inch from top of cup, and maintaining a thickness about 1/8-inch thick. Chill for 30 minutes.

  3. Whisk sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk in milk, cream, yolks, and vanilla until combined.

  4. Fill each cup with custard to about 1/8-inch from top of crust (don't overfill). Bake until crust is golden and custard is just set, about 20 minutes. Let tarts cool in pan for 15 minutes then carefully transfer to wire rack to cool. Let pan cool, then repeat with remaining dough and custard. Serve room temperature or chilled.

Special equipment

Muffin pan

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
239 Calories
14g Fat
24g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 239
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 137mg 46%
Sodium 100mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 56mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)