Dim Sum Custard Tarts

If you’re a big dim sum fan, then you’ll love the flaky, eggy sweet custard tarts you find in the restaurants. Good news: now you can make them at home – and it’s easier than you think! Store-bought puff pastry makes life a lot easier… meaning they’ll be cooked – and ready to eat – quicker. Just don’t skip the chilling part if you want truly joyous pastry packages!


Dim Sum Custard Tarts

5 minutes
1 hour + 30 minutes chilling
Makes 20

5 sheets puff pastry

flour for dusting

melted butter for brushing



3 egg yolks

3 eggs

½ cup caster (superfine) sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup milk

1 cup pouring cream (single cream)

  • Step 1

    Lightly brush 20 muffin tin holes (about 1/3 cup/80ml capacity) with melted butter.

  • Step 2

    Dust your work surface with flour. Place 1 sheet of pastry on the floured surface. Cut the sheet in half and place the two halves on top of each other. Starting from the shortest end, roll the pastry up tightly. Cut the roll into 4 even pieces.

  • Step 3

    Take one piece of pastry and place it cut side up on your work surface. Sprinkle with a little flour and then use your palm to push it down into a flat disc. Then use a rolling pin to roll out the pasty into a 3mm (0.04 inch) thick circle. Line a muffin hole with the pastry disc. Repeat with remaining pastry. Place the pastry shells into the fridge for at least 30 minutes before filling.

  • Step 4

    Preheat oven to 180°C/360°F.

  • Step 5

    In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks, eggs, sugar and vanilla until well combined. Then stir in the milk and cream. Transfer the mixture to a jug and then fill each pastry shell about two-thirds full with the mixture. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until the pastry is starting to colour and the custard is starting to set. Then turn the heat down to 160°C/320°F and bake for another 20 minutes or until the custard is just set and the pastry is golden on the bottom and top.

  • Step 6

    Use a butter knife to ease the tarts out of the muffin tins. Best served warm or room temperature.

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What our customers say

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Perfect and delicious!

April 1, 2024

Really easy to prepare and tasted better than the ones I’ve had at yum cha restaurants. The custard was soft but not runny and not eggy. Will be making these again for sure.

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Custard tarts

June 29, 2023

The best So easy to make. Like all your recipes all easy to follow love your mum too

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Dim Sum Custard Cups are unforgettable!!

September 26, 2022

My mom went to eat at a buffet and tried these cups for the first time. She is a huge fan of custard and fell in love with them. I wanted to make these cups to surprise her and they turned out beautiful!! She was so excited and said they tasted better than the ones on the buffet. Thank you Marion for all of your beautiful recipes! I have not experienced anything other then amazing reactions from my family after tasting your recipes.

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