For the crust
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup butter chilled and cut into small pieces
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons ice cold water
For the custard
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup sugar granulated
- 1 small pinch salt
- ½ cup milk full fat
- ½ cup cream full fat
- 3 drops vanilla extract
- 2 large egg yolks lightly beaten
For the topping
- 4 to 5 fresh strawberries
- 1 fresh kiwi
- peach slices (we used canned) or use slices of fresh mango
Make the crust
- In a bowl, stir together the flour, salt and sugar. Add the butter and shortening.
- Cut the butter and shortening into the flour (I do this by rubbing with my fingers) until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Add ice cold water, little by little, mixing as you go until the dough can be gathered into a ball. The dough should NOT be sticky.
- Roll the dough into a thick disc.
- Wrap the dough in cling film and keep in the fridge.
Make the custard
- In a pan, mix together the sugar, starch, flour, salt, milk and cream. Stir until smooth.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.
- Off the heat, stir in the vanilla extract.
- Pour half of the cooked mixture into the beaten egg yolks, mixing to incorporate.
- Pour the egg yolk mixture into the pan, stir well, and continue cooking for about 10 minutes, stirring and scraping the bottom constantly, until the mixture is thick.
- Transfer the custard to a bowl and lay a sheet of cling film directly on the surface to prevent skin from forming.
- Cool to room temperature then chill in the fridge for a few hours.
Blind bake the tart crust
- Spray or brush a six-inch tart pan lightly with oil.
- Lay the rolled dough in the tart pan. Press lightly for a snug fit. Cut off any excess (see notes after the recipe).
- Place a piece of aluminum foil over the crust. Spread enough dried beans or lentils, or rice, on the foil to cover the bottom of the crust.
- Blind bake the crust at 400F for 20 to 30 minutes. Check after 20 minutes and, if still not crisp, bake another five to ten minutes until you get the desired texture.
- Cool the crust in the pan for a few minutes then carefully remove from the pan. If you used non-stick paper, peel it off. Cool the crust completely on a rack.
Assemble the fruit tart
- Hull the strawberries and cut into one-fourth inch slices.
- Peel the kiwi and cut into one-fourth inch slices.
- Place the cooled crust on a plate.
- Pour the cooled custard to about a quarter inch below the brim. Use a small offset spatula to spread the filling evenly.
- Arrange the sliced fruits on top of the custard.
- The fruit tart may be sliced and served immediately after assembly. Or keep in the fridge until needed.