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World Breakfasts: Pastel De Nata

We’re taking a trip to the Iberian Peninsula for this week’s world breakfast and sampling what the wonderful country of Portugal has to offer.

Pastel de nata (Portuguese custard tart) is a common morning nibble that’s sure to appeal to anyone with a sweet tooth. These small egg tart pastries are also hugely popular with Portuguese immigrant populations around the world where they're typically washed down with a fresh cortado (espresso coffee with warm milk).  

A batch of pastéis de nata is really easy to knock up and can be ready to serve in about 40 minutes. Give this recipe a try and tell us what you think.

What you’ll need(Makes 12 Tartlets):

500g ready-rolled puff pastry

400ml full fat milk

115g caster sugar

1 large egg

2 large egg yolks

2tbsp cornflour

2tsp vanilla extract

What you’ll need to do:

1.  Pour the sugar, cornflour, egg and egg yolks into a pan and mix until smooth. Put the pan over medium heat and stir consistently until the mixture resembles a thick custard. Remove the pan from the heat as it comes to the boil.

2. Stir in the vanilla extract and transfer the mixture to a bowl to cool. Cover the bowl with cling film to prevent a skin from forming and set the bowl aside.

3. Turn the puff pastry out onto a lightly floured worktop and cut into 2 large pieces. Place one piece on top of the other and roll tightly from the short side to form a log.

4. Cut the log into 12 pieces and roll each into evenly sized rounds of about 4-inches.

5. Lightly grease a 12 hole muffin tin and press each pastry round into the holes.

6. Preheat your oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.

7. Take the custard mixture and divide it evenly between the pastry rounds in the muffin tin. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown. Leave the tartlets to cool in the tin for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely. Serve with a fresh cortado. 

Pastel de nata (Portuguese custard tart) is a common morning nibble that’s sure to appeal to anyone with a sweet tooth. These small egg tart pastries are also hugely popular with Portuguese immigrant populations around the world where they're typically washed down with a fresh cortado (espresso coffee with warm milk).