Portugese Custard Cream Tarts (Pasteis de Nata)

Juliann Esquivel

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@Juliann

When I lived in New Jersey there was a Portugese Bakery close by. Every Sunday I would go there to buy fresh "Pastelitos de Nata". They were to die for. They just melted in your mouth. There was always a big line to buy them. After moving away It had been many many years since I last had them. Well what luck a very good friend of mine marries a Portuguese girl; and her family comes from Portugal to visit and I was able to get this great recipe for this delectable dessert. Enjoy


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Serves:

6/8

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

35 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

1 c
whole milk, do not use 2 per cent or less
3 Tbsp
cornstarch
1/2 stick
vanilla bean or good vanilla
1 c
white sugar
1 pinch
scant few grains of salt, add to the milk
6 large
egg yolks; i freeze & save the whites for another recipe
1 pkg
17.3 ounce frozen puff pastry shells or sheets thawed

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly greese 12 muffin cup pan or cupcake pan. Line the bottom and sides with the puff pastry.
2
In a saucepan, combine cold milk, sugar, cornstarch, pinch of salt, and vanilla. Cook, stirrring constantly, until mixture thickens. Place egg yolks in a medium bowl beat a little with a fork. Then wisk 1/2 cup of hot milk mixture into the egg yolks. Tempering them. Gradually add the egg yolk mixture back into the remaining milk mixture; wisking constantly. Cook stirring constantly for 5 minutes, or until thickend. Remove vanilla bean.
3
Fill pastry-lined muffin cups with the mixture about a tablespoon and a half per cup. Bake in preheated oven for 30/35 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and the filling is lightly browned on top. Enjoy

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pies, Puddings, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Eggs
Regional Style: Portugese
Other Tag: Quick & Easy