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Traditional Pastel de Nata recipe

Traditional Pastel de Nata Recipe

Indulge in the delightfully creamy and flaky texture of these traditional Portuguese custard tarts, a perfect treat for any time of the day.





  • Step 1.

    Start by thawing the puff pastry sheets according to package instructions.
  • Step 2.

    Preheat your oven to 260ºC (500ºF). Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
  • Step 3.

    On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry sheet into a 10-inch square. Roll it up tightly like a Swiss roll, then cut into 12 even pieces.
  • Step 4.

    Place each piece in a muffin cup and press down gently, stretching and pressing the pastry to cover the sides.
  • Step 5.

    To make the custard, mix sugar, flour, and a pinch of salt in a saucepan. Gradually stir in the milk until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and boils. Remove from heat.
  • Step 6.

    Beat the eggs in a bowl, then gradually whisk them into the hot milk mixture until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and lemon zest.
  • Step 7.

    Pour the custard into the pastry cups, filling each about three-quarters full.
  • Step 8.

    Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until the pastries are lightly browned and the custard is set.
  • Step 9.

    Let the tarts cool in the baking tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Step 10.

    Dust with cinnamon before serving if desired.


  1. 1 Puff pastry sheets

  2. 200 gGranulated sugar

  3. 30 gPlain flour

  4. 250 mlFull-fat milk

  5. 2 Large eggs

  6. 1 tspVanilla extract

  7. 1 tspLemon zest

  8. 1 tspCinnamon

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