Cornish saffron custard tarts

Cornish saffron custard tarts

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From
Hix Oyster & Chop House
Makes
10–12
Photographer
Jason Lowe

This is a nod to past Cornish saffron growing. Some traditional Cornish cakes are still made with saffron, but these days it is imported, mostly from Iran and Spain.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250-300g ready-made all-butter puff pastry
plain flour, for dusting
300ml single cream
a good pinch saffron strands
4 free-range medium egg yolks
50g caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cornflour

Method

  1. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to a 3 mm thickness and prick it thoroughly all over with a fork. Loosely fold into three, wrap in cling film and leave to rest in the fridge for 30–40 minutes.
  2. Have ready a 12-hole muffin tray. Unfold the pastry and cut out circles, using a 9–10 cm cutter. Use to line the muffin tins, pushing the pastry into the corners and trimming the tops with a sharp knife. Line with discs of greaseproof paper and baking beans and rest in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Bake the tart cases for 10–15 minutes until they begin to colour, then remove the paper and beans and leave to cool for a few minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, put the cream and saffron into a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Take off the heat and leave to infuse for 10 minutes.
  5. In a bowl, mix together the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour. Pour the infused cream onto the egg mixture, stirring well with a whisk. Return to the pan and cook over a low heat for several minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the custard thickens; don’t let it boil. Pour into a jug.
  6. Pour the saffron custard into the tart cases and bake for 10–12 minutes until set. Leave to cool a little, then loosen the tarts with a small knife and carefully remove from the tin. Serve warm or cold.
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