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Portuguese Custard Tarts

Portuguese Custard Tarts

Portuguese custard tart (in Portuguesepastel de nata“), is a traditional Portuguese custard pastry that consists of custard in a crème-brûlée-like consistency in a puff pastry case.

It was created more than 200 years ago by Catholic Sisters at Jeronimos Monastery.

It is now a popular pastry in every pastry shop around the world owned by Portuguese descendants.

These are perfect to eat as a dessert or just when you feel like having a treat!


Pre-heat oven to 425 F. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups with melted butter.

Using a biscuit cutter, cut puff pastry into twelve 3″ rounds. With your hands, gently stretch the rounds out until they are approximately 4″ in diameter and place one round in each muffin cup.

Press pastry into bottom and sides of the cups; they should be lined to within approximately 1/4″ of the top.

Whisk together sugar and flour in a 3-quart heavy saucepan, then whisk in remaining custard ingredients and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until bubbles just start to appear on the surface, about 10 minutes.

Transfer custard to a bowl and cool, whisking occasionally, until just warm, about 15 minutes.

Fill pastry cups with custard (about 2 – 3T each) and bake in upper third of oven until pastry is deep golden, about 20 minutes.

Custard should be starting to brown and there may be the odd burned bit on the edges.

Cool tarts slightly (in the muffin tin) on a rack, about 10 minutes. Remove from tin, then sift first icing sugar, then cinnamon, over tarts.

Serve warm or at room temperature.


  • Tart Shells
  • 2 sheets PC butter puff pastry defrosted, but quite cold
  • 1 tablespoon Butter melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose Flour
  • 1 1/4 cups Heavy Cream
  • Zest of 1/2 small lemon finely grated (approx. 5/8t)
  • 4 large Egg yolks
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 tablespoon Icing Sugar
  • 1/4 Ground Cinnamon

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