Sunday, January 23, 2011

Birthday Treat@Kulinarya

When Jenn, Tressa and Maribel came up with this month's theme of Birthday Treats for Kulinarya Cooking Club, I imagined a buffet table filled with my favorites - a tangy adobo stew made with lots of garlic; a whole roast pig, lechon, with its wafer-thin, crispy skin; lumpiang ubod, fresh spring rolls made with hearts of palm; pancit palabok, rice noodles with a rich prawn gravy. I could go on and on!

For today's challenge, I decided to make Mango Tartlets, a favorite dessert from our family's buffet table. My easy version used pre-baked tartlets and a coconut custard (Martha Stewart's custard recipe), topped with diced Philippine mangoes that I caramelized with sugar, butter and Grand Marnier. What a treat (and it's not even my birthday)!


12 pre-baked tartlets

for the custard:
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1 3/4 cups coconut milk
4 large egg yolks

for the topping:
2 mangoes, peeled, seeded and diced
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier

In a medium saucepan (off heat), whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually whisk in milk, making sure to dissolve cornstarch. Whisk in coconut milk and egg yolks.

Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, for about 5 minutes, or until just boiling. Reduce heat to low, cook for another minute, making sure to whisk well. Remove pan from heat.

Pour custard into tartlets, smooth top with spatula.

In the meantime, pour sugar in a pan and let caramelize over medium-low heat. When sugar has turned into a golden brown syrup, add butter, Grand Marnier and mix well. Add diced mangoes and mix until all of the fruit is coated well.

Spoon mangoes over filled tartlets and chill in refrigerator for about 4 hours. To serve, let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Check out my fellow KCC members and their favorite treats here.


Kulinarya was started by a group of Filipino foodies living in Sydney, who are passionate about the Filipino culture and its colourful cuisine.

Each month we will showcase a new dish along with their family recipes. By sharing these recipes, we hope you find the same passion and love for Filipino Food as we do.


  1. Hi Annie! That looks yummy! It looks almost like liquid, but when you take a slice out it stays in shape. Amazing. I wanna have that for my birthday too! :)

  2. pass around one of those to me, please!

  3. Hello!
    That looks yum, and I love mangoes! Thanks for joining the fun for this month ...perhaps you can make it when your big day comes! ;-)

  4. This looks absolutely delicious! Mangoes are incredible :)

  5. You got me w/ your mango tartlet. They look so delicious! I must say reading and checking out everyones blog makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. I want everything that i've seen to be on the table on my bday=;)

  6. What an orchestration of great flavours in one little tartlet. Might just make this for my real birthday.

  7. Oh my goodness...your version of mango tartlets looks so good (mangoes + grand marnier=double yum!), thank you for sharing this recipe I think I will try them within the week because those pictures are making me drool! Great job Annie!

  8. Annie OMG the tartlets look divine. I wish the mangoes these season were better. I would jump at the chance to make these. Can you invite me to your next party. I will be ready with my take home container for some of these babies. ehehe.

  9. Excellent! My Gosh, I've been jumping from one KCC member to the next and ang gaganda nang favourite dishes....If I have a genie, my wish is for all of us to have a big get together and serve this dishes on one big table...and ako rin kakapalan ko na rin mukha ko, will bring along a container for a piece of this tart=)

  10. Sarap! I specially love the addition of coconut milk.

  11. I have never heard of this dish before. It looks wonderful.

  12. This looks yummy!


  13. Yummm I love mango flavored desserts in anything! Your tarlets look amazing!!

  14. gee, these tarts look and sound heavenly

  15. I like the way you seem to have dishes from a variety of cuisines from around the world - Mango is one my most fav. fruits and the tartlets look Yummy! Happy Valentines Day :)