So it has just hit me today that it’s ACTUALLY November. How did that happen? We’ve gone from fruit tarts and iced coffee to mince pies and gingerbread lattes in the blink of an eye. However, I am a strong believer that Christmas is strictly for Christmas time; nothing makes me angrier than a Christmas advert in August. The solution? It’s the perfect time for some christmassy-but-not-too-christmassy bakes!
There is nothing better than a homemade custard tart, and with its nutmeggy warmth this classic is perfect for the almost-Christmas period. I use two different recipes found from the almighty Google – The BBC Good Food recipe is great but uses shop-bought shortcrust (cheats). You can, of course, go down this route; it is a lot easier but just not the same… I have picked a random basic pastry recipe but any will do, just make sure you follow the steps in the main recipe and include nutmeg in the pastry, its worth it!
- Make sure there is no air trapped under the pastry or you will end up with a custardy-bubbly mess.
- You will have heard this before but keep the pastry as cold as possible at all times. Particularly challenging if you are a walking-talking hot water bottle like myself.
- Try it hot but make sure you save some to have cold the next day – its delightfully different but equally as delicious each way!
- It is a little pricey but make sure you use real vanilla pods – nothing else will taste anywhere near as good.