Meringue Custard Tartlets

Select deep individual pie-tins; fluted tartlet pans are suitable for custard tarts, but they should be about six inches in diameter and from two to three inches deep. Butter the pan and line it with ordinary puff paste, then fill it with a custard made as follows:


6 egg yolks
1 cup cream
dash of salt
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons sugar
few drops of vanilla flavoring


6 egg whites
1/2 pound sugar
dash of salt


  • Beat the egg yolks with sugar and dash of salt. Gradually stir in two tablespoons of flour and cream.
  • Stir until free from lumps, than put in the saucepan and cook on slow heat until the custard coats the spoon. Do not let it boil or it will curdle.
  • Pour prepared custard in a bowl, add a few drops of vanilla flavoring and stir until the custard becomes cold.
  • Fill the lined molds with this filling and bake in a moderate oven.
  • In the meantime, put the whites of the eggs in a bowl and beat thoroughly. While beating, sprinkle in lightly half a pound of sugar and a dash of salt.
  • When the meringue is quite firm, spread a thin layer of it over the tart and decorate the top with the remainder by squeezing it through a cake decorator or paper funnel.
  • Strew a little powdered sugar over the top, return to the oven, and when a delicate yellow tinge remove from the oven and when cold serve.

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Did You Know?
Keep those holiday pounds at bay. Decide what your eating goals are and prepare for them ahead of time. Overeating is a phenomenon common to everyone around the holidays. Uncomfortable situations, like a room full of strangers - or worse, family - can leave you aching to dissolve your discomfort with a big wedge of cake.

If you know that you've got a party to attend, don't skimp on regular meals or you'll spend the night scarfing down festive fare. Instead have a light snack to tide you over until dinner.

Minimize rather than eliminate the amount of 'extras' like gravy, butter and desserts you consume. If you let yourself have a few bites of things that give you pleasure, you won't feel deprived.

Just because you've blown an evening of sensible eating doesn't mean you've blown the season. You won't gain weight from one event. What counts is how you handle the whole season.

Carry a toothbrush with you. When you've filled your food quota, brush - you'll be less likely to eat more.