For the pastry: Add the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar to a mixing bowl. Add the grated butter and rub the mixture between your fingertips until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Drizzle the milk over the mixture and bring it together with your hands. Shape the pastry into a ball, slice it in half and flatten each into a flat disc. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for one hour.
For the filling: Add the corn flour to a large mixing bowl and stir in 50ml of the milk. Add the egg yolks and 50g caster sugar and whisk together. Set aside. Pour the 450ml milk into a small saucepan and add the other 50g caster sugar and ground cinnamon to it. Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Take it from the heat as tiny bubbles start to appear around the edges. Drizzle the warm milk mixture into the egg mixture while whisking vigorously. Now pour the mixture back into the saucepan and place it on medium-low heat. Stir continuously until thickened. Allow to cook for 30 seconds before removing from the heat. Add the vanilla and mix through. Pour the mixture into a shallow bowl and then place plastic wrap directly on its surface. Allow to cool completely.
Lightly flour a work surface and roll the dough to a 5mm thickness. Cut 12 circles with a 12cm diameter from the dough. Spoon 30ml of the filling on the pastry circle. Wet the edges of the circle with water and fold the dough over into a half-moon shape. Seal and crimp the edges with a fork. Refrigerate the pies for 30 minutes. Heat 6cm vegetable oil in a saucepan and fry 3 pies at a time for 6 minutes, flipping them over every now and then. Drain on paper towels. The hand pies may be served as is or sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.
This is a crustless milk tart, easy to put together and produces one large (38cm x 26cm) or two medium (28cm x 20cm) tarts.
6 eggs 375ml sugar 90g butter, melted 375ml flour 7,5ml baking powder a pinch of salt 1,5litres of milk 15ml vanilla ground cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 180℃ and spray a 38cm x 26cm ceramic dish with cooking spray. Add the eggs and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. Turn the mixer to a low speed and drizzle in the melted butter. Turn off the mixer. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl and turn the mixer back on to a low speed until the ingredients are incorporated. Add the vanilla to the milk and drizzle the milk in to the batter with the engine running. Scrape the batter into the prepared ceramic dish. Bake in the oven for 1 hour. Take the milk tart from the oven and immediately sift over some ground cinnamon. Set aside for at least 30 minutes before slicing. Keep refrigerated.
For the pancakes: Add the flour, baking powder and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Pour the milk, water, oil and eggs into a large jug and whisk together. Turn the mixer on a low speed and add the liquid slowly and in a very thin stream. Whisk on high speed for 2 minutes once all the liquid has been added. Cover the mixing bowl with a tea towel and stand the mixture for one hour.
For the filling: Add the cornflour to a mixing bowl. Pour in a small amount of milk and stir to dissolve the cornflour. Add the egg yolks and 100g of sugar and whisk together by hand. Set aside. Pour the rest of the milk and the other 100g of sugar into a small saucepan and warm but do not allow it to boil. Take the saucepan from the heat and drizzle the hot mixture into the egg yolk mixture while whisking vigorously. Remember: pour slowly, whisk quickly!! Keep going until all the milk has been added. Pour the mixture back in the saucepan, place on a medium heat and stir until thick and glossy. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Scrape the mixture into a clean bowl and place a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface. Allow to cool completely.
Bake the pancakes in a 20cm diameter pan and set aside to cool.
Assembly: Place one pancake on a serving platter. Spoon a generous dollop of the custard onto the pancake and spread evenly. Sift an even layer of ground cinnamon over the custard and repeat the layers until you have build a beautiful stacked cake. End with a layer of filling and cinnamon.
Preheat your oven to 180℃. Add the biscuits to the bowl of a food processor and process to crumbs. Whisk the egg white just until frothy and add it to the crumbs with the melted butter. Mix well until the mixture resembles wet sand. Tip the crumb-mixture into a loose-bottom tart tin and level it out. Use a glass with a flat bottom to press the crumb down firmly all over and up the sides of the tin. Keep pressing until the base comes together. Place the tart tin on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Add the cornstarch to a large mixing bowl and pour the water over. Mix to a smooth slurry. Add the egg yolks and whisk through. Pour the custard into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and slowly and in a very thin stream, add it to the slurry while whisking continuously. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and place it on medium heat while whisking until it thickens. Pour the filling into the cooled base and sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Refrigerate the milk tart for 3-4 hours before serving.
Preheat your oven to 200℃ and spray two 22cm tart tins with cooking spray. Dust a work surface with flour and roll the pastry to 3mm thickness. Line the tart tins – the pastry should be about 1cm larger that the tins to allow for shrinkage during baking. Place the prepared tart tins in the refrigerator until needed.
Pour 1 litre milk into a saucepan and add the sugar and cinnamon quill. Turn the heat on medium-high and stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved. Heat the milk mixture until it starts forming tiny bubbles around the edges of the saucepan. Remove from the heat and take out the quill. Set aside. Add the flour, custard powder and cornflour to a mixing bowl. Drizzle in the remaining 250ml milk while whisking, to make a slurry. Add the egg yolks to the slurry and whisk together. Slowly pour the warm milk-mixture into the slurry while whisking continuously. Remember: pour slowly, whisk quickly! Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and return to a low heat. Stir the mixture until it thickens and starts to bubble. Take off the heat, add the butter and vanilla, stir through and set aside. Add the baking powder to the egg whites and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the custard and divide the mixture between the two prepared tart tins. Bake the tarts in the oven for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately sift some ground cinnamon on the surface. Serve with your favourite brew of coffee.