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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


And you can see the telltale spirals on the bottom too



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