This is one of Lizet Hartleys ‘what-if’ kitchen moments. “What if “, she said, “I make a milk tart filling and flavour it the way my mum used to, with just a few drops of almond essence? What if I stick some Woolies mini croissants in the oven and stuff them to the brim with the milk tart filling the minute they come out? And what if I dust them liberally with cinnamon, as befits any halfway decent milk tart?
So I did just that, and I loved it. Perfect, bite-sized, flaky, creamy, dreamy milk tart mouthfuls – way less trouble than a traditional milk tart and just as nice.
All you need is…
This filling is sufficient for 8 mini croissants.
half a cup of sugar
half a cup of plain cake flour
2 large eggs
2 cups of milk
1 tbs butter
pinch of salt
8 par-baked mini croissants (Woolworths has)
What you do is…
Mix the flour and sugar, add the eggs and whisk until smooth. Gradually add the milk whilst whisking. Add a pinch of salt. Place mixture in a thick-bottomed saucepan over a medium-low heat and dot over the butter. Bring to a boil and cook until the mixture is thick and the flour cooked (about ten minutes), stirring continuously.
Add a few drops of almond essence (it’s strong, so be conservative and taste). Remove from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. Bake the croissants according to the packet instructions. Slice open and fill with the milk tart mixture. Be generous! (I find a piping bag makes it easier.) Dust with loads of cinnamon and just a touch of icing sugar for the pretty.
Makes 8, preparation time 10 minutes, cooking time 15 minutes
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