Portuguese Custard Tarts Pasteis de Nata Recipe

Portuguese Custard Tarts Pasteis de Nata Recipe

  • PREP 20 mins
  • COOK 20 mins
  • READY IN 40 mins


Original recipe makes 12 tarts

  •  1 cup milk
  •  3 tablespoons cornstarch
  •  1/2 vanilla bean
  •  1 cup white sugar
  •  6 egg yolks
  •  1 (17.5 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C.) Lightly grease 12 muffin cups and line bottom and sides with puff pastry.
  2. In a saucepan, combine milk, cornstarch, sugar and vanilla. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Place egg yolks in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk 1/2 cup of hot milk mixture into egg yolks. Gradually add egg yolk mixture back to remaining milk mixture, whisking constantly. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes, or until thickened. Remove vanilla bean.
  3. Fill pastry-lined muffin cups with mixture and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and filling is lightly browned on top
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