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Pastéis de Nata Recipe (Portuguese Custard Tarts)
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Pastéis de Nata Recipe, or Portuguese Custard Tarts, some heavenly delicious bites that are super easy to make at home using ready-made puff pastry and homemade custard. A beautifully flaky dessert recipe, with a silky vanilla custard filling, these tarts are great for any party or family gathering. They are one of Portugal's traditional recipes, and a great bite-size dessert for every party.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Portuguese
Keyword: puff pastry desserts
Servings: 12 tarts
Calories: 186 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • 1 ready-made puff pastry roll
  • 400 ml milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. (390 Fahrenheit)
  2. Slightly grease a muffin tin, it can either be vegetable oil or butter.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, whole egg, sugar, seeds from the vanilla pod, and plain flour until you get a smooth paste.

  4. Gradually pour in the milk while whisking well to avoid lumps from forming.

  5. Transfer the mixture to a sauce pan and simmer on a low heat until it thickens.
  6. Remove from the heat and leave it to cool completely.

  7. Transfer the puff pastry roll to a working surface and use a cookie cutter to cut 12 rounds that fit in the muffin tin holes.

  8. Press the rounds into the muffin tin holes and spoon in the custard cream evenly.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden and the pastry is baked through and the custard is golden, and slightly brown.

  10. Allow them to cool, then use a sharp knife to ease up the edges and transfer the tarts to a plate.
  11. Once out of the oven, the custard will sink in, so not to worry if in the oven the tarts looked popped out.
  12. Serve cold from the fridge.
Recipe Notes
  • If you'd like to see the measurements in CUPS and OUNCES, please click on the US CUSTOMARY link.
  • The amount of ingredients can be adjusted according to the number of servings you need, please click on the number of servings to change it.
Nutrition Facts
Pastéis de Nata Recipe (Portuguese Custard Tarts)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 186 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 72mg3%
Potassium 65mg2%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 117IU2%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.