Portuguese Custard Tarts

Portuguese Custard Tarts

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Preparation time – 8 minutes
Cooking time 12-17 minutes

Traditionally called Pastéis de Nata in Portugal as a breakfast dish but just as delicious as a dessert.

Nutritional count per serving
Energy 94kcal/395kj; Protein 1.5g; Carbohydrate 11.9g of which sugars 4.7g’ Fat 4.9g of which saturates 0g; Cholesterol 0mg; Calcium 26mg; Fibre 0g; Sodium 64mg.


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225 g/ 8 oz ready made puff pastry, thawed if frozen 175 ml/ 6 fl oz ready made vanilla custard 30 ml/ 2 tbsp icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 200’C/180’C Fan/400’F/Gas 6.
  2. Roll out the pastry and cut out 12 13 cm/5 in rounds. Line a greased 12-hole muffin tin with the pastry rounds.
  3. Line each pastry round with a circle of baking parchment and some baking beans or uncooked rice.
  4. Bake the tarts for 10-15 minutes, or until the pastry is cooked through and golden. Remove the paper and baking beans or rice and set aside to cool.
  5. Spoon the custard into the pastry cases and dust with the icing sugar. Place the tarts under a preheated hot grill and cook until the sugar caramelizes*. Remove from the heat and leave to cool before serving.

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