Indulge in the irresistible flavors of Portugal with this classic recipe for Pastel de Nata. These delectable custard tarts are a beloved treat in Portuguese cuisine, known for their flaky crusts and creamy egg custard fillings. With a hint of cinnamon and a caramelized top, each bite offers a heavenly combination of textures and flavors. Whether you’re reminiscing about past travels or simply seeking a delightful dessert, this recipe will transport you to the sunny streets of Portugal.
- 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F) and lightly grease a muffin tin.
- Roll out the puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface until it is thin and smooth. Cut the pastry into squares that will fit into the muffin tin cups.
- Press each pastry square into the cups, making sure to cover the bottom and sides evenly. Trim off any excess pastry.
- In a saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it reaches a gentle simmer. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, egg yolks, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon until well combined.
- Slowly pour the hot milk into the egg mixture, whisking continuously to prevent curdling. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens to a custard-like consistency.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the custard cool slightly.
- Spoon the custard into the prepared pastry cups, filling them almost to the top.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the pastry turns golden brown and the custard sets.
- Remove the Pastel de Nata from the oven and let them cool in the tin for a few minutes. Transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Before serving, dust the tarts with powdered sugar and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon. Enjoy these delightful Portuguese treats!