Portuguese Custard Tarts - Pasteis de Nata

Portuguese Custard Tarts - Pasteis de Nata

80 Reviews 16 Pics
  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    20 m
  • Ready In

    40 m
John J. Pacheco
Recipe by  John J. Pacheco

“These are delicious Portuguese Custard Tarts.”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 12 tarts

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C.) Lightly grease 12 muffin cups and line bottom and sides with puff pastry.
  2. In a saucepan, combine milk, cornstarch, sugar and vanilla. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Place egg yolks in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk 1/2 cup of hot milk mixture into 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 cups with mixture and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and filling is lightly browned on top

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Lynne C.
337

Lynne C.

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.

B Spradley
154

B Spradley

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.

IDALINA
100

IDALINA

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.

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (12 total)

  • Calories
  • 336 cal
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 18.2 g
  • 28%
  • Carbs
  • 38.7 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 5 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 104 mg
  • 35%
  • Sodium
  • 114 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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