I let Louis have free rein of my cookbooks at the weekend and he chose to try and knock up a whole meal from Jamie's 30 minute meals. I was banned from the kitchen An hour and forty minutes after the start time he cried for help. We rescued the Piri Piri Chicken - and jolly nice it was too but the dessert, Portuguese Custard Tarts had not progressed well. Little balls of puff pastry were baked hard in the oven so we aborted those. Lou had bitten off more than he could chew.
But as he'd made the custard mix already we thought we'd have another go last night. A joint effort this time. Here's the link to the recipe for those who want it. In order to avoid a repetition of the last disaster we departed slightly from Jamie Oliver's instructions. Sacrilege! We tore up the greaseproof paper from the ready rolled puff pastry and popped them on top of each uncooked pastry case. Then I introduced Lou to the use of baking beans to stop the pastry puffing up.
This time our tarts turned out yummy, not too sweet and very citrusy. They are topped with blobs of orangey caramel.
I never realised the Carry On-esque potential of a sugar thermometer though until I'd cooked with a teenager!