Portuguese custard tarts ( pasteis de nata)

Portuguese custard tarts ( pasteis de nata)

By 04/06/2012

I first tried these when my sister came back from a holiday in Portugal and brought her older sister (me) something, she said, was worth trying.

At my first bite I thought: OMG what are these?? So incredibly good! I enjoyed every mouthful of them.

Yes, if you have never tried them they are incredible. It won't be long before you will sink your teeth into another one, then another one.. and then you realize how many calories you have actually wolfed down! At least that is what I did yesterday when I made them.  They are certainly not the most light of cakes but boy, you won't forget having them.

You need to dust the puff pastry in icing sugar to get them caramelized which will make them irresistible. They are best eaten on the same day but wait for them to cool down before enjoying them!

  • Prep Time : 40 minutes
  • Cook Time : 25 minutes



Dust your working surface with icing sugar and roll out the puff pastry. With a rolling pin make it 3mm thick.

With a round pastry cutter cut 12 discs about 10 cm diameter. Sprinkle some more icing sugar on top and put each of the discs on a 12 hole muffin greased tin leaving a little overhang.  Then put them in the fridge for 40 minutes.

Make the creme patisserie by bringing the milk to the boil with the vanilla pod (split and scrape its seeds into the milk).
Whisk the yolks with the sugar until pale and creamy. Add the flour and stir well in.

Slowly add the hot milk ( take the vanilla pod out first) always stirring and then bring the mixture slowly to the boil. Keep stirring all the time and let it boil for 5 minutes.

Let the custard to cool down then pour it on each of the muffins hole and sprinkle some cinnamon on each of them.
Cook in a pre-heated oven at 200 C for 15 minutes until they look brownish in colour.

When cooked, because the pastry has been rolled in icing sugar you should not let them cool down completely in the muffin tin otherwise the pastry will stick to it.

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27 Responses to Portuguese custard tarts ( pasteis de nata)

  1. Shobha

    Nice and simple tarts..Congrats on awards and thanks for sharing.

  2. Catherine

    Dear Alida, These look wonderful. I bet you cannot eat just one. These are delicious treats and certainly worth the calories. Ciao. Catherine

  3. Catherine

    Dear Alida. Congrats on the awards. You certainly have a beautiful blog. ciao and blessings.. Catherine

  4. Pegasuslegend

    Just by looking at these my mouth waters, how delicious they look my mouth is all ready for these wow you are the pastry queen!

  5. La cucina di Molly

    Che golosi, sono stupendi, brava! Complimenti per i premi e grazie per averceli donato! Ciao

  6. Carmen Anderson

    Congrats Alida! You totally deserve the awards! I love this recupe, these are my favorite! I will surely be making some for myself soon. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Betsy Brock

    yum…those look amazing. My mouth is watering! 🙂

  8. simple baking

    Drooling Alida! Can imagine how delish these must be. Perfect for a sunday brunch.Congrats dear on your awards!xAnuja

  9. Lenia

    Sembrano golosissimi!Buona giornata,carina!

  10. Max

    Che meraviglia e che golosità…hai le mani d'oro…ciao.

  11. Angie's Recipes

    I am always a fan of Portuguese tarts. These look very tempting indeed.

  12. Petro Neagu

    Congratulations, Alida! Well deserved awards! I wish you many more to come.As for the recipe, thank you so much for sharing, I really love the look of these delicious tarts, I need to try them soon.Kisses

  13. Now Serving

    Scrumptious and beautiful looking tarts! Congratulations on you awards 🙂 Bookmarking this recipe to try sometime! Great job dear!

  14. Anyol

    Que ricas, se ven de lujo.Felicidades por el premio.

  15. Jasna Varcakovic

    I have my eyes on these beauties for long time now; Great recipe!You deserve the awards

  16. Lubna Karim

    Wow…those are gorgeous and yum looking tarts…

  17. R.Punitha

    Hi Alida , Thank you for your visit to my blog and thank you for your valuable comment on my post.I wish your regular support to me Alida … Keep on 🙂

  18. Dolcemeringa Ombretta

    Non li conoscevo questi dolcetti con la crema pasticcera ma devono essere buonissimi:-) bacioni

  19. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I love these tarts and have a very similar recipe. I think the original one calls for cream but using just milk still works.

  20. Angie

    Qué buenos son los pasteles de Belén, Alida! Y si los comes en Lisboa, ya ni te cuento! Besitos.

  21. Marcellina

    Oooh, I've heard of these but never tasted them. Puff pastry plus custard equals fabulous!

  22. Günther

    sono una meraviglia le hai fatte benissimo, come a Lisbona

  23. Phil in the Kitchen

    I love these tarts – I used to eat far too many of them from a certain London bakery. Yours look just right to me and they'll cost less than the ones I used to buy.

  24. Maggie

    These look lovely, I have never made them but now you have tempted me….

  25. Choclette

    I've heard about Portuguese custard tarts, but I didn't really know what they were until I read your post. They sound super delicious. It's the thought of that caramelised cinnamon pastry that has really got me salivating.Congratulations on your awards – you have a lovely blog with fabulous photographs.

  26. Jamie

    I've made these before and they are heaven! I've used the filling recipe for a larger tart, but there is nothing so perfect as the tiny tartlets with the cream nestled in puff pastry. Perfect.

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