Coffee Custard Tart

by Laura on April 18, 2011

I baked eight cakes yesterday, but I couldn’t resist making something for Food52’s coffee-themed contest last night, too.  I made a thin, crisp shortbread crust flavored with concentrated coffee, whole wheat pastry flour, and turbinado sugar and filled it with a barely sweet, egg-rich, coffee scented custard.  Since there are only two tablespoons of sugar in the custard, I think it might be equally nice for dessert or as part of a brunch.  It’s a bit like eating the creamiest cold café crème atop a toasty, nubbly, cookie that tastes faintly of wheat and more coffee.  And since it’s the shortbread that adds the sweetness, the custard is pure, creamy coffee.  If you like your coffee with a pour of cream, I suspect it’s right up your alley.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Beth April 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Yum, coffee crust and creamy coffee filling. I bet this is amazing.

2 Lizzi April 19, 2011 at 4:40 am

This is beautiful on a level it has absolutely no right to be. The custard tart of my dreams!

Good lord, I wish we weren’t 8736845860846 miles apart, or I would’ve insisted our snack swap become a home-cooked-baked-goods/meals swap.

3 Laura April 19, 2011 at 8:05 am

Thank you, both! And, Lizzi, very impressive half marathon performance and hilarious coverage. Thank you. I can’t wait for our boxes to arrive, but, yes, homemade swap would be pretty great. I saw the customs declaration on my kitchen counter yesterday for your box, and I forgot to write in a value. Of course, the postal worker I described to you earlier was so fixated on its candy contents that he didn’t notice either. I think that the poor customs person who slices it open will have a snake-in-a-can-esque face full of candy and will never get it all back in the box. So you may receive a mangled mess. My apologies!

4 Lizzi April 19, 2011 at 8:21 am

Laura – likewise, I’m a bit worried about the condition it will arrive to you in! I packed and re-packed the box so many times, the final product was rushed in the car and probably not very well padded/taped. So fingers crossed it doesn’t get bumped around too much!

I’m also hugely paranoid of things ‘going missing’ during customs checks (which has happened to me a few too many times!). So once they arrive, we’ll have to do a little stocktake!!

5 Laura April 19, 2011 at 8:38 am

I left the post office fearing there might be a little extra “inspection” right there. Seriously. I hope nothing goes missing! If it arrives and it isn’t full to bursting, we’ll know some of it disappeared into a greedy gob or two.

6 Kris Jacobson April 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Hi Laura,
I’m usually not drawn to coffee flavored foods, but this sounds wonderful.

7 Gourmantine April 23, 2011 at 6:42 pm

This sounds lovely and I think I may have just found another way to get my caffeine dose in the morning :)
I really enjoy reading your blog, which I think is one of the most elegant looking out there and I’ve passed you a couple of sweet blogger awards!

8 Joyce April 24, 2011 at 10:55 pm

This looks to be right up my family’s alley! I may give this a try tomorrow on my day off from school.

Also, I’m loving the little quail & egg thingamajig you have up top. Adorable!

9 Laura April 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Thank you, Joyce!

10 Laura April 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Oh my! That is so kind of you. Thank you!

11 Kaitlin June 28, 2011 at 12:17 am

Just bookmarked this. I love the way you described it – it sounds perfect!

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