I don't claim to be an expert cook. Or a fancy cook. In fact, I never used to really enjoy cooking. So this is mostly about low fuss, filling and tasty meals, and really just anything I have a go at and decide to share along the way!! My top priority is avoiding additives and preservatives wherever possible closely followed by using whole/less processed/healthier ingredients. But for those who would like conventional options that are quick tasty and cost effective, I would like to share tips on all of these as well!!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Thermomix Portugese Cream Tartlets

Yummmmmm.... has anyone tried the Portugese Cream Tartlets from the "My Way of Cooking" cookbook?  Or have you downloaded the app for iPhone or iPad?  It's only $8.49 and you get all of the recipes in the cookbook (which is worth $60) plus some extras, and a shopping list, menu planner, some videos... and there are some great recipes in there as well as lots of tips and variations.

Well, I was super excited today as I wanted to see if I could convert these to a dairy free version.  And guess what - delicious!!  And you would never know!

I do struggle with some things being dairy free, especially custard bases etc, as you really have to do the coconut cream option, and I get tired of everything tasting like coconut!!!  But this one, you absolutely wouldn't know if I didn't tell you.

I substituted the 250g of cream for 250 g coconut cream, and the milk I just made some rice milk before I made the custard.  I use Jo from Quirky Cooking's recipe for Rice-almond milk, but if I am just using it for baking, I just make it all on rice - even cheaper!!

So next I just need to try her spelt dairy free rough puff pastry to go with it (http://quirkycooking.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/spicy-chicken-vege-sausage-rolls-with.html).  I would have tried it today, except our house is on the market at the moment and I am really trying to limit being in the house as I can get calls for inspections any time (and I always get them when the house is looking its absolute worst!!), so less mess is best!!!

So here is a picture of the tartlets - I made some normal size and some mini... I know they don't look that great, but that is how they are supposed to look!!! Have a look at the app or cookbook!!  I promise!  But what a tasty morsel just sprinkled with cinnamon over the top!!

I will also substitute organic raw sugar and try Rapadura next time for a more non-refined sugar option and see how it goes.

EDITED to add whole recipe for those that don't have MWOC.

250g Milk (dairy free alternative)
250g coconut cream (use a good quality one - the taste of cheaper options aren't great in anything!)
170g sugar
50g flour (I used spelt)
5 egg yolks
1 cinnamon stick
lemon peel of half an organic lemon
500g puff pastry, made
Sprinkling of ground cinnamon top

Insert Butterfly.

Place milk, coconut cream, sugar, flour and egg yolks into bowl, mix 10 seconds, Speed 4.

Add cinnamon stick and lemon peel, cook 18 minutes, 90c, Speed 2 + Reverse. (although I did find the cinnamon stick was in a few pieces at the end, but maybe just me!)

Preheat oven to 200c.  Roll out pastry and cut 12 circles (approx 10cm diameter) and put into greased muffin trays.

Once custard is cooked, remove and discard cinnamon stick and lemon peel.

Pour filling into pastry cups, but don't fill to the top!  Bake in preheated oven for 25 -30 minutes until custard is set and browned a little.  Cool in muffin tray for 15 minutes, add a sprinkling of ground cinnamon.
Delicious warm or cold!!!

1 comment:

  1. Those look great, Kristy!! Well done - I'll have to try them too :D