Make the basic shortcrust pastry. When you've finished folding it, roll it out into a 20x15 cm rectangle, then roll it up.
It should look something like this.
Chill the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes. (If the dough is still cool to the touch and easy to handle, you can skip this step and continue preparing the dough in Step 8).
Prepare the egg mixture. Whisk the egg yolks with a little warmed milk in a bowl.
Mix in the sugar and cornstarch, then stir in the rest of the milk.
Strain the egg mixture into a heatproof container. Microwave at 700 W for about 2 minutes until it's slightly thickened, stirring it once halfway through.
Mix well, cover the surface with plastic wrap and chill.
Line the muffin pan with the shortcrust prepared in Step 3: First, divide up the dough.
Press the pie crust into the muffin pan. (Press it in the bottom of the pan and stretch it to fit.) Work quickly or the dough will get soft and be hard to handle.
You can also roll the dough out into circles between sheets of plastic wrap. (This is different from the original recipe, but I do it this way when the dough is too soft.)
Chill the pan in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Mix the heavy cream into the chilled custard mixture from Step 7. Lastly, stir in the vanilla extract.
The smooth and creamy custard is ready.
Fill the tart shells with the custard.
Bake in a preheated oven at 250℃ for approximately 20 minutes. It the tops look like they're getting burned, cover with a sheet of aluminum foil.
Done. These are absolutely the best eaten piping hot, right out of the oven. But then again, I also love them ice cold. I just can't seem to make up my mind...
Story Behind this Recipe
I had a craving for these, since I hadn't made them in awhile. Eating them piping hot is the cook's prerogative It made me blissfully happy ! This said by someone who ate 5 while she was supposed to be on a diet ...
Please refer to the notes on how to make the pie crust. Adjust the cooking time for the custard according to your microwave. (Be careful not to overcook it.)