Pasteis de nata

IMG_3201When I visited Lisbon last autumn I was happily surprised about the wonderful portuguese cakes, pies and cookies they made. I´m not sure if it´s only me who didn´t know that they have amazing baked treats there, maybe I didn´t notice because they´re not as famous as french cuisine as an example. Well anyways beside s all those goodies, I absolutely fell in love with pasteis de nata.



  • 1 roll of ready made puff pastry
  • 1/2 l milk
  • 200g sugar
  • 30g cornstarch
  • 2 tbs. butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • pulp of one vanilla bean
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt

Roll out ready made puff pastry dough. Cut out circles using a cookie cutter or a cup just the size of a muffin pan. Lay each circle into your muffin pan to form a little pie shell.

Prepare Filling

Bring milk, butter and vanilla pulp to a boil. Then remove from heat and fold in cornstarch, salt and sugar using a whisk. Stir constantly until thickened and cooled out a little. Add egg and egg yolks until well incorporated.

Now your custard is ready and you can spoon it into your pie shells (2-3 tbs up to the rim).

Bake in oven for about 15 minutes until puff pastry turns golden brown. (oven temperature 175°C)

In my opinion pastes de bata taste best freshly baken and still warm, so I only let them cool out for a couple of minutes. You can also freeze them and enjoy them later.




26 thoughts on “Pasteis de nata

  1. the Portuguese immigrants, that came to Venezuela after the war in Europe run all the bakeries there. They introduced Venezuela to all those tasty and beautiful treats, very well influenced by french pastry and french bread making. If there’s is something a miss about Venezuela, it’s a bakery, there’s one every block!

  2. So, where is the recipe? Last year, a friend of mine went to Portugal and sent me a photo saying, it is one of the best pastries she ever had. I was going to look for it’s recipe and never did. Do you have a recipe for it?

  3. Thanks for sharing the recipe & gorgeous photos. I am lucky enough to live in a Portuguese neighbourhood so there is a ready supply of these. I often take a box with me to morning client meetings and there is never one left over! Definitely worth seeking out…

  4. Oh, I love Pastėis de Nata – already made them a dozen times ever since you first posted the recipe a few months back 🙂

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