Pastel De Nata: Portugal’s Favorite Dessert
The Pastel De Nata is quite arguably Portugal's most famous pastry. Learn more about the Pastel De Nata and how it is made by watching this video.
Portugal is known for many things. Ocean. Architecture. Scenery & Pastries. Perhaps the most famous pastry of them all is the Pastel De Nata.
What is a Pastel De Nata?
Pastel de nata is a Portuguese egg tart pastry. This treat was actually created by Catholic monks in Lisbon. At the time, convents and monasteries used large quantities of egg-whites for starching clothes, like a nuns' habit. It was quite common to use the leftover egg yolks to make cakes and pastries, resulting in the abundance of sweet pastry recipes in Portugal today.
I went to a local bakery by the name of Pasteleria Batalha who hosted a baking workshop and who taught us how to make my new favorite treat. A pastel de nata consists of sugar, flour, milk, lemon zest, egg yolks and puff pastry and a whole lot of bakers love.
You’ll see the Pastel De Nada everywhere you go in Lisbon. So make sure you take a bit of this tasty treat next time you’re in Portugal.