Pasteis de Nata or Portuguese Custard Tarts

Pasteis de Nata or Portuguese Custard Tarts

Try these typical Portuguese Custard Tarts. Filled with a delicious cream sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, it’s impossible to resist.

INGREDIENTS

  • 400 grams / (14 ounces) puff pastry
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 200 grams / (7 ounces) sugar
  • 450 ml / (1 3/4 cups and 2 1/2 tablespoons) milk
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Cinnamon and powdered sugar for dusting

DIRECTIONS

STEP 1


      1. Grease muffin pans with margarine.

STEP 2


      1. Place the puff pastry over a table dusted with flour. Dust the pastry with a little more flour and roll out the pastry into a rectangle shape with a rolling pin. Roll the pastry from one end to the other and cut in round slices with 4 centimeters / (1 1/2 inches). Put the slices within the muffin pans and press the center of the pastry with fingers until fill completely the muffin pans, set aside.

STEP 3


      1. In a bowl, dissolve the corn starch in 50 ml / (3 1/3 tablespoons) milk.

STEP 4


      1. In a saucepan, pour the remaining milk, lemon peel, cinnamon stick, the dissolved corn starch and sugar. Stir and bring to low heat, stirring occasionally. When starts boiling, remove the lemon peel and the cinnamon stick (reserve both). Turn off the heat and add the egg yolks one by one, stirring constantly. Add the lemon peel and the cinnamon stick and place back over low heat until obtain a creamy mixture, about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

STEP 5


      1. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180ºC / (350ºF).

STEP 6


      1. Turn off the heat, remove the lemon peel and the cinnamon stick and pour the cream in the muffin pans. Bake for about 30 minutes.

STEP 7


    1. Remove from oven, unmold and let cool. Sprinkle with cinnamon and powdered sugar and serve.

 

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