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!