I have always been a big fan of a good egg custard or Creme Brûlée. I ran on to a recipe for a Mini Creme Brûlée Tarts and thought it would be fun to see if I could modify it to make these Mini Creme Brûlée Tarts. They are absolutely wonderful. And the best part, they couldn’t be any easier.
Mini Creme Brulee Tarts
- 2 Pre-made unbaked refrigerated pie crusts (or you can use homemade if you prefer)
- 1 ¼ Cups whole milk
- ½ Cup confectioner’s sugar
- 2 Large eggs
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla
- Superfine sugar (to brûlée the pies)
- Optional: Raspberries or Strawberries, whipped cream & small piece if Dark chocolate to garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease (12 portions) regular size muffin pan with butter. Cut 12 circles out of the unbaked piecrust with a 3.5-inch cookie cutter. Place a round of crust into each muffin cup and press to evenly lined the muffin cup with the crust and set aside.
Lightly beat the eggs, and then add the milk, sugar, and vanilla until well blended and the sugar is dissolved. Carefully pour the egg mixture into each pie crust-lined muffin tin. Make sure not to overfill. Place in the center of the preheated oven and bake for 14-16 minutes. The crust will be a little brown, and the custard center will still be a bit jiggly. The mini pies will set once they’ve cooled, about 10 to 15 minutes. Carefully remove the cooled mini tarts from the muffin tin and refrigerate until you’re ready to brûlée the tops for serving.
To Brûlée: Sprinkle a medium thin layer of super fine sugar on top. Using a kitchen torch, melt the sugar until it has caramelized. Be careful not to burn the sugar or the outside crust of each mini pie. Plate and garnish.
Notes: You can eat these delights right out of the oven without the brûlée (caramelized tops). It’s hard not to, believe me. They can be made ahead of time for serving later. If you plan to brûlée (caramelize) the tops, refrigeration is necessary. Do not substitute regular sugar for the confectioners sugar in the custard recipe. Regular sugar just doesn’t work.
I had a hard time keeping my family away from them before I could refrigerate and brûlée the tops for photographs. They are really fun and so easily to make. These can make a delightful hostess gift for a party or a family gathering. Enjoy.Time to eat…
P.S. Take a moment to check out some of the tools I used for this “Mini Creme Brulee Tarts” below. 🙂