Ginger. Hmmm, I can't exactly pinpoint when I started liking it again. Perhaps it's the local teh-halia (ginger milk tea), or the spicy gingery soup eaten together with tang yuan (glutinous rice balls), or ginger tea, or the ground ginger I've started using in some of my bakes. Whatever it is, while ginger is not my favourite-st spice, I can gladly say that at least I like it now. In small doses.
When I saw the recipe for Bourke Street Bakery Ginger Brulee Tarts, I knew immediately that I want it. And want it soon. Ginger custard? That sounds right up my alley! I got myself a blowtorch recently (oooooooh, think of the possibilities and fun I can have now...;) heh.), and I knew that the first thing I wanted to make was those Ginger brulee tarts.
Bourke Street Bakery Ginger Brulee Tarts
I halved the recipe cos no way was I about to make 20 tarts. Who am I going to feed? Snorts. And I was lazy, the miniature tart molds Ellie used were small and cute all right, but I wasn't about to line ten of those by myself. I used another new baking ware I got some time back but havn't had the chance to use - new tart ring molds. Since I had six ring molds, I made six tarts and froze the leftover dough.
The recipe for making the dough seemed really long, and I was apprehensive on whether my dough was going to succeed. Singapore's hot and humid weather is detrimental for any tart making attempts. Thus, I tend to make my tart dough late at night, roll it out and press it into tart molds and refrigerate overnight for the gluten to fully relax.
Since my tarts were bigger, they took slightly longer to bake blind in the oven - perhaps 25-35 minutes?
Ooooo, look at the fun I'm having with the blowtorch...
I really love my new
toy torch! I can't wait to start using it for more purposes, such as making creme brulees, caramalising fruits, oh heck, I'll probably find any lame excuse to whip it out just to play with it. :)
Caramelised crackly tops
I found that the flavours of the spices weren't very strong, they were more of a subtle note. And that was even after my own modification (which used more spices)! If I were to make it again (definitely), I'll be upping the spice factors another notch again...
Spiced custard (adapted from Ellie at Almost Bourdain)
360ml whipping cream (35% fat)5cm (2 inch) piece ginger, finely sliced
1 cardamom pod, bruised
5 egg yolks
40g caster sugar, plus extra for burning
Prepare spiced cream two days in advance. Place cream and spices into a saucepan over high heat. When it boils, remove from heat, pour into a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator overnight for the flavours to infuse.
The next day, whisk the yolks in a large heatproof bowl, gradually add the sugar and continue whisking for about 30 seconds, or until the sugar has dissolved.
Reheat the infused cream over med-high heat, bring to simmer, then remove from heat. Cool slightly. Gradually pour the warmed cream through a fine sieve, discarding the spices, into the egg yolk mixture, whisking well to combine.
Pour mixture into a clean saucepan and continue stirring with a heatproof spatula for about 10-15 minutes over low heat, or until the mixture is smooth and thick. It is important to keep stirring at all times or the mixture will curdle. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk briskly for about 2 minutes to cool it quickly. Over the next half hour, whisk the mixture every 10 minutes until cooled. Use a rubber spatula to clean the side of the bowl thoroughly and place plastic wrap directly on top of the mixture to prevent skin from forming and refrigerate overnight to set.
Verdict for the Bourke Street Bakery Ginger Brulee Tarts? Oh my god. They were really good. The crust especially was super flaky and words can't describe how much I liked the texture of the crust. You gotta make 'em to find out. Heh. The custard was really delish too (though a bit too subtly flavoured). In fact, they taste kinda like the Asian egg tarts, with a spiced custard twist and caramlised sugar coating. And I mean it in a really good way of course. Egg tarts are one of my favourites, and I find it hard to find a good egg tart in Singapore. If what I make at home taste so awesome, I can't imagine how good the actual product from Bourke Street Bakery would taste like. Drools.
This is not the first time I've tried out a Bourke Street recipe, I've previously tried my hand at their Chocolate Raspberry muffins with some minor tweaks (itchy hands of mine) and they were also really good. If I didn't remember wrongly, I think I saw the Bourke Street recipe book in the public libraries before. I wasn't very interested as, if my memory doesn't fail, the book doesn't have alot of pictures. And I only almost borrow books with pictures for EVERY recipe in the book. Or I could be wrong and there are tons of photos in the Bourke Street Bakery cookbook. It's time I check out the libraries again...