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Egg tarts are part of any dim sum luncheon. They look like desserts, however, they can served at any time during the dim sum meal. Here is the recipe:


  1. Prepare dough: Place flour in a food processor. Cut shortening and butter into 1/2-inch chunks and distribute over flour. Process with on-off bursts until fat particles are the size of peas. Add egg, ice water, and vanilla. Process until mixture just begins to form a ball. (Do not process completely to the ball stage, and don't worry if dough has shortening streaks in it.) Remove dough, shape into a patty 1 inch thick, and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.
  2. Prepare filling: In a small pan, heat water and sugar until sugar dissolves; let it cool. In a bowl, beat eggs slightly. Whisk in sugar-water syrup, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract, blending until smooth.
  3. Preheat oven to 300F. On a lightly floured board, roll out pastry to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into fourteen 4-inch circles. Fit circles into 2 1/2-inch tart pans. Lightly press dough into bottoms and sides of pans; trim edges.
  4. Pour filling into pastry-lined pans to within 1/4 inch of top. Place filled pans on a baking sheet; bake in preheated oven until a knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Place pans on rack; let cool for 10 minutes. Remove tarts from pans. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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