Korean egg tarts are baked puff pastry dough with sweetened egg filling. Egg tart is basically originated in Guangzhou China, but it is inspired by English-style custard tarts. it is served as a brunch in a Chinese restaurant. Travelers from Portugal, America, Japan, and even Korea introduced this dish in these regions. You can also make other famous Korean recipes that are Apple Pie and fried rice balls with our step-by-step guide.

Korean Egg Tarts

Eggs tarts dough can be shortbread crust or puff pastry crust. Puff pastry crust is easily available in some regions but it may not available in local stores in some regions therefore, you can make an egg tart recipe with shortbread crust at home.

  Preparation Time 10minutes
  Cooking Time 20 minutes
  Total Time 30minutes
  Type Breakfast, Brunch
  Cuisine Korean
  Yield 12
  Calories 120

For Shortbread Dough

  • All-purpose flour 2cups
  • Salted butter 1cup
  • Powdered sugar 1/4cup
  • Egg 1beated
  • Salt 1pinch
  • Vanilla Extract 1tsp

For Egg Tart Filling

  • Eggs 4large
  • Warm water 3/4cup
  • Sugar 6tbsp
  • Salt 1pinch
  • Evaporated milk 3/4cup
  • Vanilla extract 1tsp


Preparing Dough

1. Mix Butter and Flour

In a wide bowl add two cups of all-purpose flour, then add one stick of salted butter into the flour. Mix them together with your clean hands. It will be better if you use gloves, it’s not only a matter of hygiene but it will also save the dough from sticking together.  Let the chilled butter set at room temperature before using it 

Mix butter and flour

2. Add Egg, Salt, Sugar, and Vanilla Extract to Flour

After mixing the butter and flour, in a bowl beat, one large egg then pour this beaten egg liquid into the flour, mix well using a whisk or hands. Then add a pinch of salt and powdered sugar into the mixture. Then pour 1teaspoon of vanilla extract into the dough mixture,  you can skip it as vanilla is an optional ingredient. Finally, using hands or a mixer, mix the flour to form a soft dough.

Add egg, salt, sugar and vanilla extract in flour

3. Knead the Dough

Take out the dough on a clean and flat surface, and knead the dough with your hands, you have to knead the dough until it becomes soft and smooth. Don’t over knead the dough otherwise it may get hard.  Then roll the dough in your hands to make a ball-like shape from the dough.

knead the dough

4. Wrap and Chill the Dough

After that make a softball dough,  then place it in a bowl and cover the bowl with a cling wrap. Then place the bowl in the refrigerator for chilling the dough. Then after 10 minutes take out the dough from the refrigerator and remove the cling wrapper from the bowl.

wrap the dough

5. Roll the Dough

On a flat clean surface, sprinkle some flour then put the dough over the dusted surface of the flour. Take a rolling pin and roll the dough with it. your dough should be well spread, make sure all sides of the dough are equally rolled and the thickness must be 1inches in size.

roll the dough

6. Apply Butter to Dough

Butter will make your dough more crispy and tasty, so take a butter knife and spread the butter on the dough with it. Make sure to cover every inch of the dough in butter. Then wrap the dough from all four sides to make a pocket, roll it again and then cut it into small round pieces using a cookie cutter.

Apply butter on dough

7. Prepare Tart Pan

Grease the tart pan with butter, you can also use oil instead of butter for greasing the pan then it’s time to place the cut dough pieces in the pan. Take a cut piece of dough and place it over the pan then slightly push it into a pan with your fingers. One by one place all pieces in the pan.

Prepare Tart Pan

Prepare Egg Tart Filling

8. Whisk Eggs

Whisk four large eggs in a bowl, along with a pinch of salt. Keep whisking until the mixture gets a velvety smooth consistency. Then add vanilla essence to enhance the aroma of the tart filling.

whisk eggs

9. Pour Milk, Warm water and Sugar in Beated Eggs

Pour evaporated milk into the beaten egg mixture, and stir the mixture using a spoon or whisk. once the filling is prepared pour warm water and sugar into the prepared tart filling. Now strain this filling through a strainer to make sure there are no lumps remaining. Then chill it in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.

pour milk in eggs

10.Pour Filling in Tart Pan

Now pour the chilled filling in the tart pan over the dough. Fill all shortbread crusts in a tart pan with egg mixture. Don’t fill the shortbread tart up to the top, at least 1 inch of shortbread crust should be uncovered.

pour filling into the crust

Baking the Egg Tarts

11. Bake Egg Tart in Oven

Now bake the egg tarts in a 200C preheated oven for 20 minutes. Bake until you notice a brownish surface on the top of the eggs tarts, Once the bake time is completed, take the pan out and check the tart with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out dry then your tarts are fully done but if the toothpick is wet then you have to bake them for 5 more minutes in the oven.

bake the egg tart

Now you can serve delicious Korean egg tarts along with tea or coffee, this dish is mainly served for breakfast or in brunch but who cares you can enjoy this at any time of the day.

serve the egg tart


  • Ingredients should be at room temperature for getting better results.
  • Don’t use melted butter in the recipe, butter should be soft enough as a result it can easily be mixed.
  • You can use pasteurized milk instead of evaporated milk.


What is the difference between Chinese egg tart and Portuguese egg tart?

The main difference between Chinese and Portuguese egg tart recipes is the crust. In the Chinese style recipe, the crust is made from shortbread dough while in the Portuguese style egg tart recipe crust is usually made of puff pastry dough.

How to make egg tart without an oven?

You can bake your egg tarts in a preheated pot on a stove, Prepare shortbread dough and egg tart filling. Then mold the dough in a tart pan and fill it with egg tart liquid. Place the tart pan on a rack in a preheated pot, cover the pan with a lid and let it bake on medium heat for 30 minutes or until it’s completely done.

How to make egg tart recipe with puff pastry dough?

The egg tart recipe is made with a homemade or store-made puff pastry dough,  firstly you have to roll the puff pastry dough then cut it accordingly to your pan size. Secondly grease the pan and spread the dough in a tart pan then pour the egg tart filling made with eggs, warm water, sugar, and evaporated milk. Finally, bake the egg tart in the oven and you can enjoy delicious puff pastry egg tarts.


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