Pastéis de Nata


Pastéis de Nata- delicious Portuguese vanilla cream tartlets. Made out of puff pastry and filled with vanilla cream. They are also called Pastéis de Belém because they were apparently invented in a monastery before the 18th century in Belém, a suburb in Lisbon.

Somehow portuguese pastry didn´t turn out to be world-famous, but when I visited Lisbon last year I was totally impressed by the huge diversity of delicious pastries. Therefore I looked for Portuguese cookbooks translated into English everywhere, but unfortunately I   could´t even find a single one.

However a couple of days ago I stumbled upon a Pastéis de Nata recipe which I have changed a little bit and which turned out to be really good! (:

This is what you´ll need to make 12 Pastéis:

  • 1 package frozen ready made puff pastry (approx. 250g)
  • 250 ml milk
  • pulp of one vanilla pod
  • 270g of sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 whole egg+ 3 egg yolks, whisked together with a fork
  • 1 tbs. of flour
  • 1 muffin baking tin

Butter your muffin tin and set aside. Cut out circles with a cookie cutter (⌀10cm). Place them into each mole (see picture below).




Scrape out pulp of the vanilla pod. Combine milk, vanilla pulp, butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Combine sugar, flour and a pinch of salt in a bowl and whisk into warm milk mixture. Also stir in whisked eggs thoroughly.

Pour vanilla cream into puff pastry shells until brimfull.

Bake in oven for a half an hour (oven temperature 175°C) until they turn golden brown. Let them cool out and remove from baking tin.

And last but not least of course enjoy!



4 thoughts on “Pastéis de Nata

  1. Tried the recipe today and the tartlets turned out uhhh-mazing! Thank you so so much Nadja and Noemi ❤
    Oh and btw I made your Rum Truffles for Christmas – crazy delicious as well 🙂 everybody loved them!
    – Anna

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