Hokkaido Cheese Tart (Home baked)

So I was thinking of making some tarts so I started browsing on my pinterest and found this so yummy, deliciously good looking cheese tart picture and all of a sudden I was craving so bad for it! So I googled and found the best copycat recipe.

I haven’t tasted the original Hokkaido cheese tarts but these tarts that I baked based from the recipe I found were so goooood! I made these on our last summer backyard babecue party and just posting it now. Well, these tarts were so good that even my toddler had not just one, not two but three tarts! The crust was so flaky and the filling was so cheesy creamy! This is heaven in a tart basically.

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Here is the recipe I found on elmundoeats.com. The baker is Bea, she’s Malaysian but is based in Spain. This recipe is definitely worth baking! By the way, I used mini tart pans and this recipe yielded 30 servings. Enjoy!

Hokkaido Cheese Tart

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Course: Dessert
Categories: Tart
Source: elmundoeats.com

Serving size: 9 tarts
Preparation time: 1 hour 55 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins

Ingredients

The Shells

1/3 cup unsalted butter (75 gr), soften
2 tbsp granulated sugar (25 gr)
1 egg yolk , room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Zest of 1 lemon
1 cup all purpose flour (130 gr)

The Filling

3.5 oz cream cheese (100 gr)
3.5 oz mascarpone cheese (100 gr)
1 oz Parmesan cheese (30 gr), grated
2 tbsp unsalted butter (30 gr)
1/3 cup milk (80 ml)
1/4 cup icing sugar (30 gr), sifted
1 tbsp corn starch , sifted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 egg , lightly beaten
1 egg yolk , to brush to top

Directions

The Shells

1. Add butter and sugar into a bowl and mix them well using a spatula. Then add in egg yolk, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Mix well to combine.
2. Finally add in flour and mix just to combine. Don’t over mix. Place the dough on a cling film and wrap it. Then place it in the fridge for 1 hour. Meanwhile let’s make the filling.

The Filling

1. Use a thick base pot and place it on medium heat. Add in the 3 cheeses together with milk and butter. Cook until the cheeses are melted.
2. Then add in icing sugar, corn starch and mix until smooth. Finally add in egg, vanilla extract and lemon juice. Continue cooking until the mixture thickens. Sift into a bowl to discard any lumps. Cover the bowl with the cling film touching the top surface of the filling and set aside to cool completely.

Assembling

1. Remove the dough from the fridge after 1 hour. Take some of the dough and press it evenly inside a tart mould. Cut off the excess dough with a knife and prick the base with a fork. Repeat until the rest of the dough is finished. Tip: Place the unbaked shell in a freezer for 10 minutes to firm up a bit.
2. Bake in a preheated oven on the lowest rack at 340ºF (170ºC) for 15 minutes. Cool completely and then remove the shells from the moulds. Tap the bottom a few times to help releasing it.
3. Fill the filling in a piping bag and pipe in inside the shells. Then place the unbaked tarts in the freezer for 30 minutes for the filling to firm up. Then brush the top of the filling with some egg yolk wash.
4. Grill for a few minutes in the oven until the top is slightly charred. Enjoy!

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