There’s a debate at the moment in the nutrition world. Butter vs margarine. The answer is complex, and would take hours to go into.
Due to requests from readers, we have in fact developed a recipe that uses margarine instead of butter. Regardless of our own personal opinion about margarine,
So what makes this custard tart healthy? A few things. We have replaced sugar with Natvia (an all natural sweetener available in supermarkets in Australia and making its way overseas http://natvia.com.au/), and use milk instead of cream to reduce the fat and kilojoules.
So if you like a sweetie, but are watching your waistline…give this one a go!
If you aren’t watching your waistline, go right ahead and use plain sugar and butter.
- 12 tbsps softened margarine (such as nuttelex)
- 3 C Plain flour
- 70g Natvia (an all natural sweetener available in supermarkets in Australia http://natvia.com.au/
- 1.In a blender, combine all ingredients until it all comes together in a smooth ball. If too dry, add a tbsp. of water. Cover with cling film and leave to rest.
- 2.Alternatively, rub butter/margarine into flour and natvia until dough resembles bread crumbs. Turn out onto kitchen bench and knead into a smooth dough.
- 1.Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
- 2.Take the pastry and press into a greased flan tin with removable base. Ensure the pastry is distributed evenly and there are no holes. Press holes with a fork throughout the base and sides to prevent the pastry from rising unevenly
- 3.Bake pastry for 20 mins. Remove from oven
- 3 cups milk
- 4 egg yolks
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp Natvia
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 4.While pastry is baking, prepare the filling
- 5.In a saucepan (or a bowl in the microwave) heat the milk, natvia and vanilla essence until hot but not scalding. Do not let it boil.
- 6.Remove saucepan from the heat, and whisk in egg yolks until thoroughly combined
- 7.Pour custard mixture into baked tart case.
- 8.Reduce oven to 160 degrees
- 9.Place gently in the oven on the middle shelf.
- 10.Bake for 40-50 minutes, making sure to check after 40 minutes.
- 11.Tart should be slightly brown on surface and set though with a slight wobble in the centre
- 12.Serve chilled.Photo: Taken by Nutrition Guru