Portuguese Custard Tarts

Woman and Home Magazine South Africa recently named me as one of the “4 South African Women Changing the Way We Eat“. (I was very excited! What a privilege and so special to be recognised.)

They shared a recipe for delicious Portuguese Custard Tarts from my book Sugar Free: 8 weeks to freedom from sugar and carb addiction.

Karen Thomson’s Portuguese Custard Tarts

These tasty tartlets are free from refined sugar

Karen Thomson's Portuguese Custard Tarts


10 small tarts


10 minutes


20-30 minutes

Ready In

40 Minutes


Custard Tarts
  • Eggs - 8
  • Cream - 800ml
  • Psyllium husks - 10ml
  • Salt - 2 pinches
  • Vanilla essence - 10ml
  • Melted butter - 50ml
  • Desiccated coconut (optional) - 2 tbsp


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220c. Mix all the ingredients, apart from the melted butter, in a food processor.
  2. Add the melted butter and mix well. You can add desiccated coconut to the mixture (optional).
  3. Pour the batter into greased individual muffin trays and bake for 20-30 min.
  4. Serve with 1 tbsp cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.