Cheese Tarts these days has been very popular in Hong Kong. People queue up for hours to buy one. Living in US, I have no way to taste those famous cheese tarts from famous bakery shops in Hong Kong. After reading several recipes, I decide to try baking some for myself and my husband.

In this recipe, I tried the first time using aged 10 months Parmesan Cheese. To me, the taste is a bit bland. The tarts taste like ordinary cheesecake with a tart crust. Not the thing I am after. So I tried the second time and used aged 36 months Parmesan Cheese for this recipe. And this time, it’s way better, this is what I call a cheese tart. The cheese taste maybe a little too strong, will try using aged 24 months Parmesan Cheese next time and update the result. You may experiment with different cheese you like, just keep the cream cheese of the same amount in the recipe.

Time & Yield

  • Prep Time: 30 mins to 40 mins
  • Bake Time: 22 mins
  • Yield: 12 tarts

Ingredient

 Ingredient  
CrustCake Flour180g
 Butter90g
 Icing Sugar40g
 Salt1g
 Egg1pc
FillingCream Cheese100g
 Aged Parmesan Cheese40g
 Heavy Cream70g
 Sugar30g
 Egg Yolk1pc
 Beaten egg, for egg wash1pc
 Lemon juice (optional)1/2tsp
 Vanilla extra (optional)1tsp

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Directions

  1. Cut butter into 1-inch dices and refrigerate.
  2. Mix the cake flour, icing sugar and salt in a large bowl. Then rub butter into the flour mixture with finger tips.
  3. Stir in the egg until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  4. Work on the dough a little but not too much, otherwise the butter will melt
  5. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 25 minutes
  6. While the dough is refrigerating, prepare the fillings. In a small saucepan, pour in heavy cream and sugar. Heat over medium heat. Add the cream cheese and parmesan cheese. Stir constantly until all the cheese is dissolve and smooth
  7. Remove from heat and let the cheese mixture cool down a little
  8. Stir in the egg yolk, lemon juice and vanilla extra. Let the filling to cool down for at least 25 minutes
  9. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C
  10. Divide the dough into 12 portions
  11. Press the portions into bottom and up the sides of 12 tart molds. Use thumbs to press evenly, starting from the bottom up the sides. Keep rotating the mold while pressing the dough against the wall to obtain even thickness
  12. Prick the base with a fork. Line with parchment paper and place pie weight on top
  13. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool in a rack
  14. Preheat the oven to 400F/200C
  15. Spoon the fillings into the tart shells
  16. Brush the top with egg wash
  17. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the tarts from the oven and cool in a rack.
  18. Remove from the tins and serve.

References

  1. Weekend Weekly
  2. Dimcook
  3. Christines Recipes