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Easy Treats: Hong Kong Egg Tartlets

This is the first summer in a lot of summers that I didn't spend in China.
I love China and all, but the novelty wears off after the first week or so...
And that's when I start being a really big brat.
For the remaining two or three months, I throw a couple of temper tantrums, demand McDonald's cheeseburgers instead of another round of Chinese food, and I Google "fun places in whatevercityIamin" which for the most part gets me nowhere.

After a couple of years of this, my sneaky family found a trick.
They started buying me stuff from Chinese bakeries - this stuff is really good.
My favorite of the bunch (other than iced chocolate macchiatos from 85degrees) is Portuguese egg tartlets.

The crust is flaky, buttery, delightful. The filling is light and subtly sweet.
My mom and I baked some yesterday and they are seriously so easy to make!




Recipe:
We cheated and used Dutch Ann's mini pie crusts, but you can be cool and make your go-to pastry puff/phyllo dough based crust!

Makes 8 servings.

For the filling:
2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups half and half
3 drops of vanilla (optional)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk the eggs and sugar until combined and starting to froth up a little.
Add the half and half and gently whisk until everything is a very pale buttery color.
Pour into the pie shells.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned and the filling starts to "puff up" just a little. (Don't worry, they sink back down!)
Pat yourself on the back.

Most people like eating it fresh and hot, but I like refrigerating the tartlets for a few hours. You can also serve with fruit - yum!

PS. These are mostly called Portuguese egg tarts, but I find the Portuguese ones to be more caramelized, and I associate these with China anyways, so I called them Hong Kong Egg Tartlets. Tomayto-tomahto.

PPS. I'm usually pretty friendly most of the time in China. Especially if I am allowed to go someplace new or do something out of the ordinary hanging-out-in-the-apartment-ish.

PPPS. If you do happen to go to China, the bakeries are a must! My favorites are 85degrees and Christine's Bakery, which I know are quite common in the Shanghai/Nanjing area.

PPPPS. Love ya. Have a great Monday!

42 comments

  1. These look delicious! I've always wanted to spend the summer somewhere cool, but all my family lives in the same area. Super jealous of your travels even if they are occasionally boring (but filled with yummy pastries)!
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  2. Looks so good! thank you for the recipe:)
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  3. Delicious!!!!!!!!! I'd go to China just for that :-)

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  4. Wow, those look so yummy!

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  5. Wow...these look nothing short of amazing!

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  6. Aw these look so cute, I love mini treats :-)

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  7. Oh wow, delicious!!

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  8. These look absolutely scrumptious, girl! Loving this recipe!
    xo TJ

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  9. Oh.my.goodness!! These look fantastic! I can understand the pull :)

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  10. yum, these look good!

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  12. Lovely tutorial dear, Thanks For sharing!
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  14. This recipe looks amazing! These treats look delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. mmmm......delicious

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  16. awww love this post!! i've had lots and LOTS of egg tarts in my life.. but i'm desperate to dry the realllllllllllllllll portugese egg tarts!! i want to go to hong kong just so i can try them!! hahah.. well that and the food.. and the shopping.. hahahahaha.

    i love 85 degrees!! i camp out there whenever i'm in taiwan :p

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  17. yummiiiiiii I want it!!

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  18. These look so good! Ahhh, starving now.

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  19. nice photos, i'm hungry ! hug & kisses <3

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  20. mmm I want the bite;)
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  21. yes spending time in HK is good!!! (I'm from HK!)
    great eggtarts.... try the small egg macaroons next time! haha

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  23. lol. before i scrolled down I was like "ooh.. how did you get the crust to look so pretty". I love Egg tarts!

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  24. Helloooo gorgeous. need to make this.. like.. now.

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  25. These look insanely delicious! I am going to be trying this soon!!! YUMM

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  27. Only by looking at these pictures and I've already had enough

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  28. um..... yummmmm

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  29. ohh looks so good. I'm making these a s a p !!

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  30. OMG! these are my favorite! I used to eat these all the time!

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  32. HA! Im sure China is not TOO bad ;-) those lil pies look SOOO good, great post!
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  33. These are so cute and I have never heard of them before. I might just have to make them out of curiosity! xo

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  34. ahhh I can't wait to try this recipe! look easy & delicious. not too mention, i love small, delicate desserts like this! thanks for sharing :)

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