Bake It: Pastel de Nata

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Bake It: Pastel de Nata

By far the most delicious, traditional Portuguese tart with a rich egg custard and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Here’s how to bake yours!

Ingredients for 12 Portugese tarts:

1 large egg (whole)

2 egg yolks

115g golden caster sugar

2 tbsp cornflour

400ml full fat milk

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 sheet ready rolled puffed pastry

Method

– Lightly grease a muffin tin and pre-heat oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas 

– Add egg, yolks, sugar & cornflour into a saucepan and mix well together, then gradually add the milk until mixture is smooth.

– Put pan on medium heat and constantly stir until mixture thickens bringing to the boil.Remove the pan from the heat and add vanilla extract.

– Put the custard into a bowl to cool and cover with cling film to prevent skin forming.

– Cut pastry sheet into two pieces and place them on top of each other. Roll the pastry tightly, from the short side, into a roll and cut the roll into 12 even sized balls.

– On a lightly floured board, roll each ball into a disc (approx. 10cm) and press the pastry discs into the muffin tin.

– Spoon in the cooled custard and bake for 20-25mins until golden on top. Leave to cool in the tin for 5mins then move to a cooling rack to finish cooling although they can be eaten warm.

– Add icing sugar and cinnamon powder to taste. Yummy!

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