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Pasteis de Nata – without a doubt my favorite confectionery!

Posted on June 3, 2016 by in baked goods

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Pasteis de Nata

Pasteis de Nata, a Portuguese egg tart pastry or in short a Portuguese milk tart. They are just big enough to stuff the whole thing in your mouth….. one shot.

Pasteis de Nata, is without a doubt my favorite confectionery. My guilty pleasure whenever I have to go to Green Point for something, is to stop at Giovannis and have a quick one or two with the “best Cappuccino in town”. In the 18th century  Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery  in Lisbon created Pasteis de Nata.  In those days, convents and monasteries used lots of egg-whites to starch their clothes, such as nuns’ habits. They would then use the leftover egg yolks to make cakes and pastries and of course Pasteis de Nata. Such an interesting story!

Pasteis de Nata

There are so many recipes for the delicious treat, but you know by now, here in Nina’s Kitchen it has to be fast and furious. Yes, of course it will be better for you to make your own puff pastry, but one can never predict when the cravings hit you and then my darlings, take the path of least resistance…… shop-bought puff pastry.

Very important – I cannot for the life of me remember who told me this or if I have read it anywhere, but the little burnt bit on the custard is created by dripping a few drops of vanilla extract on the custard before baking. This recipe comes with a warning…….. one is just NEVER enough!

Pasteis de Nata

Pasteis de Nata

makes 24


2 whole eggs and 4 egg yolks

230 g caster sugar

60 ml cornflour – ( it is 4 slightly heaped tablespoons)

400 ml cream

400 ml full cream milk

20 ml vanilla extract

3 ml salt

1 roll Woolworths Puff Pastry – I prefer theirs, because it is buttery!


Make the custard first, so that it can cool. Remove the roll of pastry form the packet and keep it in its rolled status. Cut it into 24 discs. Lightly oil 2 muffin pans or 24 small tin foil pie cups.Now use your rolling pin and on a very lightly floured surface, roll out the discs to about 8cm in diameter. Place in the bottom of a muffin tin or  tin flour pie cups. Keep refrigerated until needed.

Make the custard. Whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, salt and cornflour. Slowly add the milk and cream and whisk until the mixture is lump free. Pour this mixture into a pot and cook it on medium heat (while stirring constantly) until the mixture is lush and thick. pour the custard into a bowl, cover with plastic to prevent a skin form forming and cool completely.

Preheat oven to 200 C. Once the custard  is at room temperature, spoon it into the 24 pastry cases. Use a teaspoon and drizzle each tart with a few drops of vanilla extract. Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly charred. Remove from oven, dust with icing sugar and eat while still piping hot.

Pasteis de Nata

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3 Responses to “Pasteis de Nata – without a doubt my favorite confectionery!”

  1. nadia@maisontravers 3 June 2016 at 2:35 pm #

    I am salivating just looking at these. The last time I ate them was actually at Giovannis, but at least 2 years ago! Time flies.

  2. Isobel Conradie 9 June 2016 at 7:36 pm #

    Sounds SO yummy, Nina! Just wondered, can one also make them [say] the previous day and then reheat before serving? Thank you for your kind response, appreciated!


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