Death by Pastei de Nata

May 20, 2016

pastel-de-nataPASTEI DE NATA

This traditional Portuguese tart is something I learned this month while in Portugal. And OMG how delicious and easy to make!


1 packet puff pastry (500g) or 15 prepackaged phyllo mini-cups
8 oz milk
3 Tablespoons plain flour or 2 Tablespoons corn starch
6 oz granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
6 egg yolks


Preheat oven to 428 degrees
Lightly grease 12-cup muffin tin.

1.  Line bottoms and sides of cups with puff pastry. Best to roll the pastry twice, then cut a length of the doubled pastry a bit bigger than the diameter of the cup. Place it in the center of the cup and mold it down with your fingertips. Or use pre-made phyllo cups, which give it a little crunch.

2.  In a saucepan, combine milk, flour, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla.  Cook on medium, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Maybe five to 10 minutes.

3.  Fill pastry-lined muffin tin with mixture and bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes if convection or until pastry is golden brown and filling top is lightly browned. If using pre-made phyllo tarts, be sure they don’t burn…mine were right on the edge. If the tarts are getting too dark, cover them.

4.  Sprinkle tops with cinnamon. Eat the best custard tart you’ve ever had.

I had custard left over and chilled it in ramekins. These don’t keep overnight so refrigerate if you aren’t serving that day.


Young, talented and adorable Chef Pedro demonstrates making pastei de nata. He made some of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had.


45 comments on “Death by Pastei de Nata
  1. OMG, that looks incredible! Love this recipe. Can you get the chef to come to my house to make them? 🙂

  2. Michelle says:

    Anything custard and I’m your gal. Never heard of these little tarts and they look easy enough. Most certainly will be trying them. Thanks for the recipe. Happy Friday.

  3. Lee Gaitan says:

    Ooooh, I can’t wait to do this. My husband will love these.And they are easy, but fancy-looking!

  4. Kate Mahar says:

    Definitely saving and trying! My Dad LOVED custard. How he would have enjoyed these! I’ll make (and eat!) them in his honor.:)

  5. Jennifer says:

    OMG these look amazing! There are just some things that can’t be made gluten free, and this unfortunately, looks like one of them!!! I’ve never found gluten free puff pastry. Damn shame too!

  6. Donna Parker says:

    Never knew you were such a tart…fan. 😉
    These look so yummy.
    Thanks, loved and shared. 🙂
    Hope this weekend treats you custardly, I mean, kindly. 🙂

  7. It’s my favorite. I have some on my blog too. OMG! I’ve never had anything that amazing!

  8. Donna Parker says:

    Back again from Elena’s #BlogShareLearn Yum again! 😉

  9. Sara says:

    These look yummilicious. What a lovely way to travel and learn about the food and culture at the same time. (wink to the chef)

  10. Can almost smell it..looks so good!

  11. Barbara says:

    428 degrees? Does it have to be that exact? I will try it because I’m drooling while looking at it! But 425 degrees will have to work. 😉

  12. Diane says:

    Must. Have. Must. Eat.
    Thank you for this. Puff pastry is on my shopping list!
    I’ll let you know how it goes . . .

  13. Glenda says:

    Oh wow, that’s my kind of recipe…simple and delicious. I must try this.

  14. Nancy Hill says:

    Look amazing! Will make in a day or two for the Hubster!

  15. Yum! We had them in Lisbon and they are truly amazing. I love taking cooking classes in other countries. Great post.

  16. cori says:

    I am one of those people who is intimidated by puff pastry, but this recipe makes it seem so easy.

  17. GAry says:

    Looks and sounds delicious, but what I’m waiting to hear about is that time you took down an illicit Portuguese drug ring!

  18. Someone really needs to come up with a gluten free puff pastry so I can make this!

  19. candy says:

    Yum, what a tasty dish to satisfy a persons taste buds

  20. Simple and surely divine! That’s my kind of recipe. Thank you. I must try this (and invite friends over to dine with me as I’m pretty sure I’d gobble them all up myself… which would NOT be divine at all!). Thanks, Carol!

  21. Bren Pace says:

    Looks absolutely delicious! Sharing and Pinning!

  22. Carolann says:

    Now, this looks like something I can sink my teeth into! Printed and pinned! Thanks for sharing this one Carol. I was in the mood for something yummy and delicious!

  23. SuE says:

    Yum! I’ve just run 15km so I think I deserve some of these. What time will I come over LOL 🙂

  24. Darcy tARBELL says:

    I was in Lisbon two years ago and had forgotten about these absolutely delightful treats. Your post brings back so many wonderful memories. Can’t wait to make these and claim them for my own.

    Keep writing, love your blog, getting to know Riley, Michael and Hotty Trainer.

    Your fellow Central New Yorker & Adair classmate from four years ago,


  25. wendy says:

    These look divine! I have a friend who lives in Portugal who sends me recipes that her grandmother makes and these look similiar! I am a big fan of trying different things and these look like they will be on the list! Thank you for posting!

  26. Elizabeth O. says:

    That looks really good and it’s perfect for your afternoon tea. It’s quite easy to make, like you said.I will definitely give this a try. It’s like your traditional custard, only made into a tart.

  27. Bree Hogan says:

    Wow these look amazing! Kind of remind a little bit of the Chinese custard tarts you get at the end of yum cha.

  28. Yum! These look amazing! I am pinning these so I can make them in the future!

  29. Nicole Escat says:

    Wow, those look delicious! I love that they areeasy to make. I can’t wait to give your recipe a try.

  30. OH they look delicious! I pinned it to try later on…or in 5 minutes!

  31. Jessica says:

    I love anything that involves puff pastry – these sound delicious!!!

  32. Lisa Rios says:

    I love trying out different traditional recipes & my goodness this Portuguese tart looks absolutely delicious for sure. The recipe looks so easy to do & with all ingredients available I would love to give it a try right away.

  33. It looks worth a try. My tongue and tummy’s always been a fan of anything quick and easy and good thing the recipe looks easy to follow!

  34. leslie rossi says:

    we ate these in lisbon warm with cinnamon. was amazing!

  35. Oh my! Looks sinfully delicious! 🙂

  36. OMG! yes please! And it looks so delicious and easy to make too!

  37. Seems like that’s a very small amount of work for a very beautiful finished product! My kinda treat!

  38. This looks reallllllly good! I want to try it!

  39. Wow Caol, you have everyone drooling here, me included. They sound amazing, that chef sure looks impressive.

    Bloggers Pit Stop

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