Pasteis de nata

portuguese-egg-tart-scaledOne of the best things about learning a new language is discovering a whole new culture and a country´s food is one of the most important aspects and luckily normally one of the most enjoyable to explore.
Portugal is famous for its custard tarts or Pastéis de Nata; they are just out of this world and one of the best delicacies to try when visiting the country or to rustle up to get you in the mood to learn to speak Portuguese!
Here is a recipe for you to try:


• 1 whole egg
• 2 egg yolks
• 115g golden caster sugar
• 2 tbsp cornflour
• 400ml full fat milk
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry


1. Lightly grease a 12 hole muffin tin and pre-heat oven to 180C fan/Gas 6
2. Put the egg, yolks, sugar and cornflour in a pan and mix well together then gradually add the milk until mixture is well mixed and smooth.
3. Place pan on medium heat and stir constantly until mixture thickens and comes to the boil. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
4. Put the custard in a bowl to cool and cover with cling film to prevent a skin from forming.
5. Cut the pastry sheet into two pieces and place them on top of each other. Roll up the pastry tightly, from the short side, into a log and cut the log into 12 even sized rounds.
6. On a lightly floured board, roll each round into a disc (approx. 10cm diameter) and press the pastry discs into the muffin tin.
7. Spoon in the cooled custard and bake for 20-25mins until golden on top. Leave to cool in the tin for 5mins then move to a cooling rack to finish cooling although they can be eaten warm.

N.B. This recipe is taken from the BBC Good Food website. Unfortunately, the traditional Portuguese recipe made in the Café, Pastéis de Belem in Lisbon, is kept utterly secret and so we just have to make a good guess with this recipe!!

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