One of my dear friends, Amy is dropping by this afternoon and I've promised her a slice of Custard Tart. I was thinking this morning about Careme's Vanilla Bean Sweet Shortcrust Pastry. It's one my preferred pastry short cuts as works well and fills the house with the most divine vanilla scent. So feeling inspired I decided to shake up David Herbert's Shortcrust Pastry recipe a little, I've added some Vanilla Bean Paste, reduced the amount of water, chilled the shell again after rolling out the pastry and egg washed the shell after the initial blind bake. I'm pretty happy with the result and look forward to tucking into it. There goes my diet for another day!