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Portuguese inspired custard tarts

Serves   12
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins

With a flaky crust and a deliciously creamy custard center, these Portuguese custard tarts are a joy to eat and prepare. Originating from Lisbon, and better known as ‘Pastéis de nata’, we’ve helped make the process a little quicker by using Pams frozen puff pastry.

  • Baking
  • Tarts
  • Portuguese
  • Desserts
portuguese-tarts

Ingredients

Method

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornflour 
  • 300ml milk
  • 100ml cream 
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 sheets store bought puff pastry, chilled 

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 220 degrees celsius fan bake. In a saucepan, whisk together the eggs, caster sugar and cornflour until the mixture forms a paste. 
  2. While whisking, stream in the milk and cream and mix until fully incorporated. Stir the vanilla and cinnamon sticks into the mixture, then place over a low to medium heat. 
  3. Cook while stirring until the custard mixture has become thick and creamy, around 7-10 minutes. Remove from the heat, and transfer to a heatproof bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and press onto the surface of the custard to prevent a skin forming. Set aside. 
  4. Grease a 12-hole muffin tray. Take the pastry sheet and roll into a tight log, then slice into 12 rounds. Gently flatten using the palm of your hands or a rolling pin, then press into a single muffin hole until it reaches the sides are covered. Repeat with the remaining pastry. 
  5. Remove the cinnamon stick from the cooled custard mixture. Spoon the custard evenly amongst the pastry cases, then place into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the custard has turned to a deep golden colour. 
  6. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack, then leave to cool completely or enjoy while warm. Keep stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.