Pasteis de nata (Portuguese cream tarts)

Discover the joys of home-made custard tarts with Lotte Duncan's recipe for a traditional Portuguese treat
By Lotte Duncan
Pasteis de nata (Portuguese cream tarts)
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  • Serves: Makes 12-16 tarts
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes plus cooling
  • Effort: medium



  • 4 egg yolks
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 140 ml single cream
  • 500 g puff pastry


1. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and caster sugar until thick and pale.

2. Gradually add in the cream, beating well.

3. Pour the mixture into a heavy-based saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.

4. Simmer, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Set aside to cool.

5. Preheat the oven to 240°C/gas 9.

6. Roll out the puff pastry finely and cut out 12-16 rounds.

7. Use the puff pastry rounds to line a greased, deep mini-muffin tin, pressing the pastry in well.

8. Fill each pastry case with a tablespoon of the cooled custard.

9. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the pastry is golden and risen and the custard has browned on the top. Cool, then serve.

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