When 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.
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.