Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Pasteis de Nata / Portuguese custard tarts

Pasteis de nata are traditional Portuguese custard tarts. They are also known as pastel de nata. To know more about these delicious beauties , read here. I found them very easy to prepare and very yummy. My 2 1/2 year old son didn't even wait till they cooled :) he gobbled some tarts, even before I could take any pics. I was left with only few tarts to take the pic. Believe me, when I say they were yummilicious and I bet, no one can stop at only 1 tart :)

PASTEIS DE NATA / PORTUGUESE CUSTARD TARTS

Ingredients:
1 package of puff pastry sheets,
4 egg yolks,
1 1/2 cups of whole milk,
1 tsp of vanilla essence
3-4 tbsp cornstarch/cornflour,
1/2 cup of sugar,
1 tbsp of orange rind and
a pinch of nutmeg powder.

Method:
Thaw the puff pastry sheets. Heat the oven to 170ยบ C. To make the custard- Put the milk in a sauce pan and heat it on a low flame. Whisk the egg yolks with sugar and vanilla essence till the sugar is well blended with the milk. In another bowl, take some cold milk and add the corn starch to it and mix until there are no lumps in it, keep aside. Slowly add the egg yolks and sugar to the milk and stir it...make sure to boil the milk on low flame. When it starts boiling, add the cornstarch mix to the milk slowly, away from the heat and stirring it with the other hand. Now return the pan back to the flame and cook on low heat till the custard thickens. remove from heat and cool completely.
Lightly grease the muffin cups. Roll the puff pastry sheet and using a cookie cutter, cut circles big enough to cover the bottom and sides of the muffin cups. gentle place each circle into the muffin cups and press on all the sides and make sure there are no air pockets. Pour the prepared custard into the shells and bake for 20-30 minutes or until you the shells and the filling is lightly brown on the top.
Serve it warm or after it cools with a cup of hot tea / coffee or as a quick and yummy dessert after the dinner. Enjoy !

Note: You can even bake the puff pastry shells for 8-10 minutes, before pouring the custard to ensure that the pastry is not uncooked. If doing so, line the puff pastry in the cups with parchment paper and put some raw(dry) baking beans or some rice in to parchment paper to prevent the puff pastry from rising. Remove the beans/ rice and the parchment paper and fill with the prepared custard and bake as mentioned above.

Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com

I am sending this to AWED- Potuguese hosted this month by Priya of Priya's Easy and tasty recipes and event started by DK of Chef In You.

58 comments:

kittymatti said...

wow!! looks so good! yumm!! cool recipe

Angie's Recipes said...

I love these flakey egg custard tarts. Ain't they wonderful with a large pot of coffee or tea!?

Sook said...

Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. You have a lovely blog as well. I am your new follower. :)

Priya said...

Wow Faiza, i was planning to make out this pasteis de nata, but somehow i completely forgotten, thanks for sending these beauties to AWED...am very glad to get this beautiful tarts dear..

Gulmohar said...

That's so quick and yumm...I am a dessert maniac :D great recipe Faiza !

shahana said...

Your tart looks really yumm!!!

Ramya Manja said...

As I was reading this I was sailing in the drools world,forced myself to come back and comment..

Looks simple and yummy...
Nice recipe which comes very handy....

kothiyavunu said...

what a delicious dish..am just drooling over the clicks..awesome!

SE said...

this looks yummy..

Rekha shoban said...

Delicious recipe!!

Gita said...

The tarts do look yummilicious dear...adding orange rind and nutmeg sounds yummy and flavorful :)

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

I wanted to try these for quite some time but never got the chance..they extremely irresistibly:

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

this one is completely new to me!! it looks simple n yet very delicious!! Gr8 entry..

Renuka
http://cookingyummy.blogspot.com/

PJ said...

they sure look very yummy and delicious!

Aparna said...

luks yummy & made me hungry..faiza..i cant follow ur blog.please let me knw..

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Looks very tempting.Delicious

my kitchen said...

Delicious custard,looks really good

Tina said...

Tempting tarts dear...

Aparna said...

luks yummy & made me hungry..faiza..i cant follow ur blog.please let me
knw..

sowmya.s said...

looks cute and delicious..

Katy ~ said...

These are definitely added to my must-make stash. Gosh, these are just adorable and they sound so good. Excellent find and share. I am so glad you made these. Thank you!

Sushma Mallya said...

looks delicious,thanks for sharing faiza..

Peanutts said...

yummmm........ looks good,

Nostalgia said...

Very nice.. I believe when you say they are good :)

San!!! said...

Wow adorable tarts faiza.Your description is really tempting,makes me to drool n try it very soon.What's orange rind?

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

The tarts look so cute and delicious.

Deepti said...

These tarts luk yummy.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Oh my, it looks too delicious. Feels like having one:)

Rachana Kothari said...

The Tarts look yummy! Great Post Faiza:)

AshKuku said...

Lovely tarts.... they are..My favorite is the apple tart.... this is an addition too.....Custard Tarts!
YUMMY!!!!

Ash...
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Siddhi S said...

thy realy luk yummilicious...nice tarts

munchcrunchandsuch said...

looks lovely..and sounds pretty easy too xcept bing careful while heating the milk..lmme try it sometime.

nisha said...

Thanks Faia for your sweet comments about moong halwa. You urself have a lovely space.

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow love these used to get them in nandos great job oh cute that your baby ate them all up!

Uma said...

looks very tempting :)

Simply Life said...

oh I've never had this before - looks great!

Dolly said...

Faiza, Ur Portuguese custard tarts look so adorable..and I take ur word they do look yummilicious . No wonder ur 2 yr old could'nt keep his hands of them..lol. i'M glad u had some left so we cd take a peep into what's cooking/baking in Faiza's kitchen...Its the same story at my place..My younger son is almost 2 1/2and he'll start eating cookies etc..even b4 i can get some pictures.. OLder one is 6..atleast he'll wait till I take the pictures.

Prathibha said...

Never attempted them at home...but I love to eat tthem.looks yummy

Valarmathi said...

Tart looks yummy and delicious...

Jagruti said...

Looks really yummy...

cheers

Preethi Rajeev said...

So tempting ,, love the click. Will be following u


dreamydelights.blogspot.com

MaryMoh said...

I can never have enough of these tarts. Really miss them. Yours look very delicious. I have to make soon. Thanks for sharing.

Faiza Ali said...

Thank you all for the lovely comments and encouraging words :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow...that looks delectable....

FoodLovers said...

cool recipe Faiza Looks yumm dear

Akal's Saappadu said...

miam miam,that would have been terribly yummmy, sure!!!

no wonder he grabbed them even before you clicked, hihihi, I would've been worser than him :):)

who would resist that? cutard and pastry, hmmm, nice combination!!

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Dragonfly said...

Congrats on your award from the Duchess (this is how I found you)! Its right on dinner time here and I'm looking at all your beautifully prepared food. I'm drooling ......
Following now as I'm definately going to try some of these :-) Yum! Cheers, Karen

Parita said...

Custard tarts look delicious!!

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

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Renuka
http://cookingyummy.blogspot.com/

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3 hungry tummies said...

Wow I can have 5 of this at a go! very nice!

Kalai said...

Dear Faiza,
Stubled upon ur blog..You have a wonderful blog. I loved ur custard tart..I am fond of desserts and am going to try this one sooner. Looks lovely!
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Aparna said...

faiza an award on its way to you...4rm my side

Anonymous said...

Thank you, nice job! This was the stuff I had to have..

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the great information! I would not have discovered this otherwise!

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