These vegan custard tarts are so creamy, delicious, and probably too darn pretty to eat. They’re a combination of light and crisp crust, filled with a lush filling and topped with beautiful berries. It definitely looks and tastes like the ones you would get a patisserie. Now you too, can channel your inner French baker and show these babies off to your friends and family. It’s the perfect dessert for any occasion! It’s your turn to make these vegan custard tarts!
Now, I know that custard tarts aren’t necessarily a holiday treat, but in my family it is. It’s one of my mom’s favorite pies and she would always buy a lovely custard pie to top off our holiday dinners. And yes, custard pies aren’t tarts, but I specifically wanted to make tarts. Besides, tarts are basically fancy mini pies, am I right? I love custard pie as much as my mom does, but I wanted to challenge myself to make a custard tart instead. I also wanted to channel my inner pâtissière and prove to myself that I could make lovely vegan custard tarts. (Even though I believe custard tarts are probably one of the easiest tarts out there but don’t tell anyone that.)
Compared to a pie crust, tart shells are more delicate and almost cookie like. They’re light, airy, and crisp and hold together without the help of a pie plate. The one thing you have to keep in mind when making tart shells, or any kind of flakey pastry dough is to keep the butter and dough cold. This is where the food processor comes in, and I know that it’s not traditionally how tart shells are made, but I wanted to make this easier for those who are home bakers or new to baking. The food processor will keep all the ingredients cold, so you don’t need to worry about using your hands and risk getting the butter warm. Plus, it’s so much faster than using your hands.
If you’re a visual person and need help with forming your tart shells, I found this video from The Boy Who Bakes, where he goes through step-by-step on how to do this. So click the link to check out that video. https://youtu.be/vXXOgmSfYh8?t=849
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