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Portuguese custard tarts (pastéis de nata) are well known around the world for their crispy pastry and heavenly tasty filling.
Preparation time:
25 min
Cooking Time:
30 min
Ready In:
55 min
Level of Difficulty:

Portuguese Custard Tarts Recipe - Portuguese Recipes

Portuguese Custard Tarts Recipe

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Posted in: Dessert Recipes
Sun, Jun 27, 2021
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4 cups of milk (1 liter)Peel of 2 lemons2 cinnamon sticks2 and 1/2 cups of sugar3/4 cup of flour2 eggs10 egg yolks1 lb of puff pastry (rectangular shape) Get Portuguese groceries & stuff Get Portuguese groceries and other stuff at Amazon.com

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  1. Preheat the oven to 240ºC or 465ºF.
  2. In a pot, place the milk, lemon peel and cinnamon sticks.
  3. Heat it until it boils and turn off the heat.
  4. In a bowl, mix the sugar and the flour.
  5. Add the mixture to the milk, while still hot, stirring well with the cinnamon sticks and lemon peel.
  6. Remove the lemon peel and cinnamon sticks and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Add the two eggs and the yolks. 
  8. Stir until it forms a smooth cream. 
  9. Bring to the heat again, stirring constantly until it thickens.
  10. On a work surface, place the rectangular pastry flat, brush some butter on the top part, roll the pastry into a roll and cut into 3 cm slices.
  11. With the help of your wet thumbs, line the molds with the pastry, spreading the pastry well to the edge.
  12. Pour the filling into the molds about 3/4 of the way and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden. 
  13. Let the tarts cool down in the oven.
  14. Serve still warm with cinnamon sprinkled on them (optional).
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