Mini custard tarts recipe

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If you’re having people over for nibbles or a party, then this is a great little canapé to make - mini custard tarts with orange and coconut...

Mini custard tarts
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Preparation Time25 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Total Time55 mins

These delicious and easy-to-make mini custard tarts are the perfect party nibble that can be shared. This recipe makes 20.

The zesty orange perfectly complements the sweetness of the coconut and custard. We’ve made this recipe for kids’ parties and they’ve gone down a treat plus they’ve been a regular addition to our New Year’s Eve party menus over the last couple of years. 

Unlike our classic custard tarts recipe, this recipe uses readymade puff pastry - which is ideal if you're short on time.


  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 300ml pot of double cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • Zest of one large orange
  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • 2 packets 320g pre-rolled puff pastry




  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6
  2. Pour the can of condensed milk into a saucepan and add the 6egg yolks.
  3. Beat together to combine then add the double cream. Put on a low-to-medium hob and stir thoroughly until thickened, this will happen as the mixture reaches boiling point. Avoid over boiling as it will burn very easily, so make sure you stir the mixture steadily and consistently throughout and never leave the pan unattended.
  4. Stir in the orange zest and coconut evenly. Leave to cool. 
  5. Take the 2 puff pastry sheets out of the box and remove all packaging.
  6. Roll each flat sheet up like a Swiss roll and divide each roll into 10 pieces, making a total of 20 pieces.Each piece will look like a spiral or a slice of Swiss roll.
  7. Place them spiral-down onto the floured work surface and roll flat. Push this into each individual muffin tray compartment. You can trim the edges for neatness or leave them rough.
  8. Spoon the custard mixture into the pastry cases and put in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until brown on top.

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