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Serves: 12
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Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Totaltime: 1 hour 0 minutes

The Portuguese Pastel De Nata custard are caramelized custard in flaky golden brown puff pastry.


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (40 g)
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 cups of whole milk (350 ml)
    1 1/3 cups white sugar (265 g)
    1/3 cup water (80 ml)
    6 large egg yolks
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract (5 ml)
    1 cinnamon stick
    1 lemon peel only, cut into strips
    1 sheet pre-rolled puff pastry (about 300g or 10 oz)


  • 1. Preheat your oven to 550°F (290°C), and lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
    2. In a saucepan, bring to a rolling boil the sugar, water, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and cinnamon stick.
    3. Separately, whisk the milk, flour, and salt together very thoroughly. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, for about 5 minutes or until well combined and thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
    4. Once cooled, whisk in the egg yolks. Then add the sugar syrup (removing the cinnamon stick), and mix until everything is well-combined. Strain into a bowl.
    5. Meanwhile, cut the puff pastry sheet into two pieces and place them on top of each other. Tightly roll the sheets into a log, from the short side. Next, cut the log into 12 evenly sized pieces.
    6. Place one piece in each of the 12 wells of the muffin tin. press down into the center of the dough piece and press outwards to form a cup with the pastry. The pastry cup should have its top edge just above the top of the well of the muffin tin.
    7. Fill each pastry cup 3/4 of the way to the top with custard.
    8. Place the tray in the oven and bake until the custard starts to caramelize and blister and the pastry goes golden brown (10-12 minutes). Cool pastries before serving.
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