Why thousands of Australians go crazy for this delicious (and guilt-free) baked custard pie – and all you need are five ingredients
- Australian dessert lovers rave about a ‘healthy’ baked fruit and custard tart
- The recipe was shared on The Healthy Mummy, a female weight loss website
- All you need is honey, eggs, low-fat cream, flour, cinnamon and apples or pears
- The cake can be prepared in just 10 minutes and takes 20 minutes in the oven
- At 261 calories per slice, the same as a tall glass of milk, it won’t derail your diet
Australian dessert aficionados rave about a ‘healthy’ baked custard pie that can be prepared in five minutes using five simple ingredients.
The recipe was shared by Rhian Allen, the founder of the only women’s weight loss empire The healthy mama, an online fitness program that helps moms lose unwanted weight with simple exercises and affordable recipes.
The Sydney businesswoman showed fans how to make a low-calorie version of the infamously delicious dessert by replacing honey with cane sugar and whole wheat flour with white.
The ingredients take just 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to bake in the oven, and with just 261 calories per slice – about the same as a tall glass of milk – dieters can enjoy this treat night after night without a shred of guilt.
The recipe is inspired by iconic Portuguese pies that originated in Lisbon’s monasteries over 300 years ago, but with one of those at a whopping 363 calories, The Healthy Mummy version goes a lot easier on the waist.
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A pear and custard tart made according to The Healthy Mummy recipe with a remarkably low calorie count of 261 per slice
A baker used a rectangular baking dish to bake this luscious custard tray
Amateur bakers have shared photos of their homemade cakes in cooking groups on Facebook over the past week, with one woman calling it her new favorite ‘showstopping’ dessert.
To make it yourself, preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius and grease a round cake pan with a few sprays of cooking oil.
Mix four eggs, three tablespoons of honey, 300 ml of low-fat cream and a teaspoon of vanilla extract in a bowl and beat well until the liquid has formed into a thick custard.
Beat in the flour, then pour two-thirds of the batter into the pie tin and bake for about five minutes to set. While the batter is baking, chop pears or apples into thin slices.
The cake (photo) is made with low-calorie substitutes for traditional ingredients, with honey instead of cane sugar and whole wheat flour for white flour
The recipe describes the pie, which can be made with pears or apples, as a ‘special treat the family will love’ best served with cream or vanilla ice cream
What is The Healthy Mummy?
Founded in 2010 by Rhian Allen, Sydney’s sales director, The Healthy Mummy encourages Australian moms to live healthier and fitter.
Starting with just a few hundred moms who followed the program’s recipes and routines on Facebook, the community now has more than 825,000 members who together transform their health, body and mental wellbeing.
The best-selling products are The Healthy Mummy Smoothies and the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
There are also 52 books, supplements, and snack bars that focus on the health and health of children during pregnancy.
Ms. Allen now employs 150 people in her mini fitness empire, which made $ 22 million in 2018 alone.
She has also published a book, The Busy Mum’s Guide to Weight Loss, which is about weight gain during pregnancy.
Free healthy recipes can be found here.
After five minutes, remove the dish from the oven and spread the fruit evenly, pour the remaining custard mixture over it with half a teaspoon of cinnamon for taste.
Return the dish to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes, until the custard is fully cured.
The recipe describes the cake as ‘a special treat the family will love’ best served hot with cream or vanilla ice cream.
A Facebook photo shows a pear and custard tart topped with cinnamon to enhance the flavor
Egg-based custard tarts originated more than 300 years ago in monasteries in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, where proteins were used to starch clothing.
This resulted in a massive supply of leftover egg yolks at a time when more and more sugar was available, delivered directly from the Caribbean colonies to Lisbon.
Monks with time on their hands realized they could bake candy by combining sugar and egg yolks, podcast study shows Eating fun traveling, sparking the world’s obsession with custard tarts.
In Portugal, baked custard tarts are called Pastéis de Nata.
Baked pear pie recipe
300 ml thick skim cream
3 tbsp honey
3 tbsp whole wheat flour
2 pears (or 2 apples)
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Spray oil spray
1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius and lightly grease the cake pan with cooking oil.
2. Mix eggs, honey, cream and vanilla in a bowl and beat well to make the custard filling.
3. Beat in the sifted flour and pour 2/3 of this mix into the greased pie tin and bake for 5 to 7 minutes to set the custard.
4. Thinly slice pears or apples while the filling is baking.
5. Remove the cake pan from the oven and sprinkle fruit slices over it.
6. Pour the remaining custard cream over the fruit and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon.
7. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the custard hardens.
Source: The healthy mama