For the Dough:
■ 125g plain flour
■ 60g lard
■ 1/2 tablespoon of butter
■ 35g caster sugar
■ 3 tablespoons of a whisked egg
■ grated lemon rind from 1/2 a lemon
For the Filling:
■ 8 tablespoons of granulated sugar
■ 4 tablespoons of dried grated coconut
■ 2 eggs
■ equipment: mini-muffin baking tray, 6cm round pastry cutter.
1. Place all the ingredients for the dough in a bowl and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a floured kneading surface and knead for a few minutes until a soft dough is formed. If the mixture seems a little creamy or wet add additional flour a little at a time.
2. Wrap the dough with cling wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
3. Pre-heat the oven to 180˚C.
4. Heat 6cm of water in the bottom of a steamer pan. Put the dried coconut on a plate or muslin cloth in the basket and steam, covered, for 4-5 minutes until fluffy.
5. For the filling; whisk the eggs, coconut and sugar together.
6. Roll out the dough to a 2mm thickness on a well floured surface and cut out 6cm circles. Gently place the pastry circles in the moulds, pushing lightly into the bottom and sides.
7. Give the filling mixture a final whisk and spoon it into the pastry cases, filling each case to just below the top of the pastry,
8. Bake the pies in the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is golden. Let the pies cool in the tray for 10 minutes before removing to a rack to cool.
Macao Coconut Tea Pies Recipe
Prep: 25m | Cook: 25m | Yield: 24
Recipe adapted from "Macanese Cooking: A Journey Across Generations", by Cecília Jorge, published by A.P.I.M, 2004
Mini coconut tea pies in a delicate lemon-zest crust