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Easy Delicious Flaky Portuguese Custard Tart Recipe

Easy delicious flaky Portuguese custard tart recipe also known as pastéis de nata. Make this step by step easy delicious flaky Portuguese custard tart recipe for the whole family to enjoy. Super flaky buttery pastry shell filled with a luscious tasty creamy custard filling. This hallmark delectable pastry is truly best known pastry in Portugal and dates back 100's of years.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Servings 20 pieces


  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry
  • 1 liter of Milk
  • 400 grams of sugar
  • 9 egg yolks
  • 70 grams of cake flour
  • 10 grams of cornstarch
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • Ground cinnamon powder for garnishing
  • 50 grams Unsalted butter at room temperature for spreading onto puff pastry sheets


  • In a bowl shift together the cake flour and corn starch and set aside
  • In saucepan add the milk, sugar, cinnamon stick and lemon peel and bring to a boil
  • Pour the boiled milk through a strainer onto the flour mixture and mix vigorously with a whisk until mixture thickens
  • Slowly Add in the egg yolks one at a time continuously mixing until egg yolks are well combined in the mixture and set aside
  • On a lightly floured work surface, place the puff pastry ( 8/10 inch) sheet and spread the butter evenly through out the sheet
  • Starting from the edge closes to you, curl and roll into log shape.
  • With a knife or dough scraper cut 1 inch pieces.
  • Lubricate your muffin baking pan or nata tart cups with butter.
  • Place the cut puff dough discs into muffin cups with the cut side facing up
  • Dip your thumb in water and press downward spreading the puff dough from the bottom of the baking cup to the top
  • Fill each muffin cup with the filling and place into pre-heated oven and bake for approximately 12-15 minutes or until you see some the top of the custard tart caramelized.
  • Top with cinnamon powder and serve with a latte, hot chocolate or espresso.
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