Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese Custard Tarts)

    40 mins

    These are delicious, authentic Portuguese tarts made easy with puff pastry.

    126 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 2-3 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
    • 1 cup (250ml) milk
    • 3 tablespoons cornflour
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 1/2 vanilla bean
    • 6 egg yolks

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin and line bottom and sides of cups with puff pastry.
    2. In a saucepan, combine milk, cornflour, sugar and vanilla. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Place egg yolks in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk half of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks. Gradually add egg yolk mixture back to remaining milk mixture, whisking constantly. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes, or until thickened. Remove vanilla bean.
    3. Fill pastry-lined muffin tin with egg mixture and bake for 20 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is lightly browned on top.

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    The traditional way to line the cups is to take the sheet of puff pastry and roll it into a loaf, then cut slices and place the in the cups, pressing down so that the dough flattens and there is a bit of a rim of thicker pastry at the top. That way they come out with very crispy and flaky shells.  -  06 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I grew up eating these custards in Macau (a Portuguese colony) so i came in as a tough critique. This was my first time however actually make this, for some reason i though it would be really hard, but i was amazed how easy it was. My whole family loved them, they were gone in several hours. My only suggestion is to use the paper muffin liners. I sprayed half my pan and used the muffin liners for the other half and the greased ones stuck pretty bad, but the paper was great. I also used trader Joes puff pastry and just cut squares for ease... They looked a little different than the authentic ones, but the taste is excellent. I will definitely make again. Oh.. I also used a half tsp of vanilla instead of the vanilla bean.  -  14 Jul 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Excellent recipe! I used mini muffin cups, the filling was enough for 30, and I used 1 and a half packages of puff pastry. Everyone wanted the recipe. The smaller "pasteis" were just perfect for a sweet table.  -  11 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)