Yummy Pastries






Pastéis de Nata

I found myself on a mission to bake these tartlets. I love going to the bakery and buying them, they are my favourite tartlets! Everyone was telling me it cannot be done….please don’t say that to me as it will become a mission in my life!

So I went online and read up tips on the do’s and don’ts, then I went out and bought all the ingredients, so my mission began.

These tartlets, also known as Pastéis de Belem, named after the place where they originated from, are truly a Portuguese delicacy. The success of these tartlets is ultimately up to how hot your oven is. Now I took a chance making these as it can go very wrong but I was determined….


· 1 packet ready to use puff pastry


· 10 ml flour

· 500ml cream

· 150ml sugar

· 2ml grated lemon rind (optional)/lemon juice


Roll out the pastry thinly (and I mean thinly, just before transparent stage). Take a desert bowl and cut round shapes into the rolled out pastry. Place the pastry circles into the greased muffin pans. Dip your thumb in water and pat the circles down into the pan to form a mould for the filling. Refrigerate while preparing the filling.

Beat the egg yolks. Add the flour, mixed with a little milk. Add the cream and sugar and mix well. Place in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the lemon rind or juice (taste the mixture as the lemon should not over power the taste). Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Pour into a jug. Pour the mixture filling into the pastry-lined tins until three-quarters full.

Bake in a very hot oven (300 degrees celcius) until golden brown with dark, almost black centre (15-20 minutes). Some people like to sprinkle ground cinnamon over the cooked tartlets.

Please go to a bakery near you and taste these little babies, they are to die for! I am happy with the outcome of my little princess tartlets J Only one thing I would change, make the pastry thinner as you can see it’s a bit thick but the filling was perrrfect!


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