Pasteis de Nata – Portuguese Custard Tarts

Did you watch the Bake Off this week? If you did, you’ll have seen the technical challenge this week was Pasteis de Nata, a Portuguese variety of custard tarts. This was a welcome jog to the memory for me and Mr. Saver – when our washing machine was out of action for weeks, the launderette we used was next next to this little cafe that looked completely unremarkable from the outside – it’s menu items were a list of different combinations of fry up items you could have, and a list of toast toppings. However, this place turned out to be owned by a Portuguese family and they made their own Pasteis de Nata. Absolutely heaven!

First, we started to make a custard

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When the custar is done, pour in to q bowl and use a sheet of baking paper or similar to stop a skin forming on top.

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And we then rolled out the pastry into a sheet, which we cut in half and then put one on top of the other. Then, starting on the short side, I rolled up the pastry, which gives the tart their distinctive spiral pastry case.

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Then, cut the pastry sausage in half, then half again, before cutting each of these in to thirds. Now you can see the distinctive spiral shape.

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Roll the shapes out on the cut side, and place the cases in to a buttered muffin tin. Then, fill with the slightly cooled custard.

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Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the tops brown slightly. The custard will have puffed up, but it will quickly sink back.

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And you can see the telltale spirals on the bottom too

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