Pastel De Nata: Portugal’s Favorite Dessert
=The Pastel De Nata is quite arguably Portugal's most famous pastry. Take a look at how the Pastel De Nata is made in this video or make your own with the Pastel Del Nata recipe below.
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.
Pastel De Nata Recipe
- 1 whole egg (large)
- 2 egg yolks (large)
- 115g golden caster sugar
- 2 tbsp cornflour
- 400ml full fat (creamy) milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry
- Lightly grease a muffin tin and preheat oven to 200C or 400F.
- Place egg, yolks, sugar & cornflour in a pan and mix well. Gradually add milk until the mixture is smooth.
- Place pan on medium heat.
- Stir until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- Put custard in a glass/ceramic bowl to cool and cover with cling film. This will prevent any gross skin from forming!
- Cust pastry sheet into two pieces and place them on top of each other. Roll the pastry tightly, from the short side, into a log and cut the log into 12 even sized rounds.
- Lightly flour a board and roll each round into a disc. The disc should be around 10cm.
- Press the pastry discs into the muffin tin.
- Put the cooled custard in the muffin tin and bake for 20-25mins. Make sure the top is golden before you take it out of the oven.
- Leave to cool in the tin for 5 - 10 minutes
- You'll want to eat and serve when the Patel De Nata is slightly warm. This will ensure ultimate goodness!