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Pastéis de nata

Pastéis de nata

Getting the custard right in Martha Collison's recipe requires precision, but it’s well worth the effort.

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  • Makes10
  • CourseSnack
  • Prepare45 mins
  • Cook14 mins
  • Total time59 mins
  • PlusPreparation time 45 minutes + chilling

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  • 320g all-butter puff pastry sheet
  • 25g plain flour
  • 150ml whole milk (preferably gold top)
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Butter, melted, for greasing
  • 3 British Blacktail Large Free Range Eggs, yolks only
  • Ground cinnamon, for dusting (optional)


  1. Unroll the pastry sheet from its packaging. Remove the sheet of baking parchment paper, then tightly roll it back up again, without the paper. Wrap the pastry log in baking parchment and chill for at least 1 hour before use.

  2. Whisk the flour and 3 tbsp milk in a medium bowl to form a smooth paste. Heat the remaining milk in a small pan until just boiling, then slowly whisk into the paste until smooth.

  3. Meanwhile, in another small pan, mix together the sugar with 75ml water and gently heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the cinnamon stick and turn up the heat. Simmer until the mixture reaches 105°C on a sugar thermometer, then remove from the heat and discard the cinnamon stick.

  4. Gradually whisk the syrup into the milk mixture, until well incorporated. Pour this back into the pan and heat gently for 2-3 minutes, whisking continuously until the mixture is just thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Pour back into the bowl and allow to cool to room temperature, whisking occasionally.

  5. Lightly grease 10 holes of a muffin tin (or pastéis de nata tins, if you have them) with butter. Slice the ends off the pastry log, then divide into 12 equal rounds (you’ll have 2 spare pieces, but dividing into 12 creates portions of just the right size). Place 1 round of pastry into each hole.

  6. Fill a small container with water and keep nearby. With wet fingers and thumbs, push into the centre of the pastry round to create a well. Using your fingers, draw it up the sides of the tin, pressing firmly against the mould to create a thin pastry case. Repeat with each piece of pastry, then chill the muffin tin for at least 15 minutes.

  7. Preheat the oven to 250°C, gas mark 9 with a baking tray on the top shelf. Whisk the egg yolks, 1 at a time, into the cooled milk mixture until smooth. Strain this egg custard through a sieve to remove any lumps.

  8. Divide the egg custard evenly between the tarts, then place the muffin tin onto the preheated baking tray and bake at the top of the oven for 10-12 minutes. The tarts will puff up and the custard will bubble. After 10-12 minutes, switch the oven to the grill setting and bake for 1-2 minutes more. Keep a close eye on the tarts while grilling – you want an irregular browning on the top to give them their characteristic caramelised flavour.

  9. Remove from the oven and leave to stand in the tin until cool enough to handle. The filling should be beautifully smooth. Enjoy warm and dusted with cinnamon. These tarts are best eaten on the day they are made.


Typical values per tart when made using specific products in recipe


889kJ/ 212kcals



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