Pasteis de Nata

Pasteis de Nata

Writing up my posts on Porto and Lisbon has made me crave some Pasteis de Nata.  What is better than some warm custardy, pastry goodness on a cold wet winters day like today! When we were in Portugal during the summer they became my staple breakfast food from a local cafe, a coffee and a warm Pasteis de Nata for 2 euro, you can’t be bad with that!

I used this recipe from Not Quite Nigella, which was easy to follow and tasted great! Plus, she uses ready rolled puff pastry, so no pastry battles for me!

Pasteis De Nata (Makes approx. 12)


  • 3 egg yolks
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp. corn flour
  • 230ml Cream
  • 170ml Milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 300g rolled puff pastry (or 1 sheet of ready rolled!)


  • Lightly grease a 12-hole muffin tray
  • Put the egg yolks, sugar and corn flour in a pan and whisk together. Gradually whisk in the cream until smooth
  • Place the pan over a medium heat and cook, stirring, until the mixture thickens and comes to the boil
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract
  • Transfer the custard to a bowl, cover the surface with cling film to prevent a skin forming and leave to cool
  • Preheat the oven to 200C
  • Cut the pastry dough sheet in half, put one half on top of the other.  Roll up the pastry tightly from the short end and cut the pastry log into 12 x 1cm rounds.


  • Lay each pastry round on a lightly floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll out until each is 10cm in diameter
  • Press the pastry rounds into the muffin tin. Spoon the cooled custard into the pastry cases

Ready to bake

  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry and custard are golden.
  • Leave the tarts in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely – or just eat them while still warm!!