Portugese Custard Cream Tarts (Pasteis de Nata)

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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

Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
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

How to Make Portugese Custard Cream Tarts (Pasteis de Nata)

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

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About Portugese Custard Cream Tarts (Pasteis de Nata)

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




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