Simple Puff Pastry Egg Tart

Simple Puff Pastry Egg Tart

Egg tart is one of dim sum dishes that usually offered at Chinese bakeries or dim sum restaurants. The Egg Tart or Dan Tat (蛋挞) is an egg custard based flaky crust pastry. It can be found across Asia, but are particularly popular in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, and Macau.


Egg Tarts’ Style

The first thing to note about egg tarts is that there are two different style: Portuguese Egg Tart and Hong Kong Style Egg Tart. The main visual differences between the two tarts can be seen on the color of their fillings and the crusts. Portuguese Egg Tart is a traditional Portuguese custard pastry. It consists of smooth, creamy filling with crunchy creme brulee on top and flaky crust. Meanwhile, Hong Kong Style Egg Tart has two variety of crusts: shortcrust pastry and puff pastry. They are traditionally made with lard rather than butter or shortening. They are filled with richer and creamier egg custard than the Portuguese Egg Tart.


Simplified Egg Tarts

This recipe is the simple version of making the Hong Kong Style Egg Tart. The crust is the key of making the perfect egg tart. The base crust, which is puff pastry, is quite a pain to make from scratch because of its complicated processes. It is seriously intimidate me as it requires a lot of chilling, rolling, folding the dough to create those layers. This Simple Puff Pastry Egg Tart is a foolproof recipe for lazy Sunday baker with calling for just a few of ingredients. The recipe uses ready to bake puff pastry for base crust, which requires minimal mount of patience, time, and skill that are required to make puff pastry. Although the flavor is not as rich as the handmade one, the Simple Puff Pastry Egg Tart is still worth to try. I eventually made this recipe several times and added it to my favorite recipes.


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Simple Puff Pastry Egg Tart

Simple version of Hong Kong Style Egg Tart.

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Tart
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9


  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry thawed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (50 gr)
  • 1/4 cup hot water (60 ml)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk (120 ml)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven at 360 F/180°C.

  2. Combine granulated sugar and hot water until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.

  3. Cut puff pastry sheet into 9 squares (or you can cut the squares into circles using cookies cutter to fit the tart molds). Press down the dough onto the lightly-greased tart molds and poke some holes on the bottom.

  4. Beat eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and salt until smooth. Combine with sugar mixture. Strain the mixture twice to achieve smooth egg mixture.

  5. Pour the egg mixture into the tart molds

  6. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. Let it cool on the tart molds for 5 minutes. Remove the molds and transfer to wire rack. Serve warm.


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