Crème Brûlée Tart

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Great British Bake Off Episode 5 — Pies and Tarts

Episode 5 was pies and tarts: custard tarts (signature), mini pear pies (technical) and three-tiered pies (showstopper).  Making a choice from episode 5 was a no-brainer.  Three-tiered pies?  Really?  There was no way that was going to happen.  The mini pear pie was beautiful, but a bit fussy for a Sunday afternoon in-between house and garden chores.  The custard tart on the other hand (and a family-sized one at that) was right up my alley.  I deferred to the head judge again and went down the Old Vanilla Road, but changed things up by doing a crème brûlée filling instead of a straight vanilla custard.  I used this recipe from Epicurious, but for the tart shell I substituted Dorie Greenspan’s sweet tart dough.  I love Dorie’s recipe.  You can whiz it up in the food processor and don’t even have to roll it out or use pie weights — easy peasy. Even though it looks pretty fancy, the entire tart is pretty easy to make and pretty tasty too.

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