Portuguese Custard Tarts

I first tasted these in Nandos and they are delicious so I found a Delia receipe for them:

Serves 4

4 Jus-Rol frozen small individual puff pastry rounds, defrosted for 15 minutes
1 tablespoon custard powder
1 tablespoon golden caster sugar
100ml milk
3 egg yolks, plus 1 medium egg, beaten, for brushing
200ml half-fat crème fraîche
11⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract (Ndali Fairtrade vanilla extract is best)
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon Vahiné caramel sauce,

Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6.
Make the custard: place the custard powder and sugar in a bowl and mix it to a smooth paste with the milk and egg yolks.
Then heat the crème fraîche in a saucepan and, when it begins to bubble, pour it in to join the custard powder mixture.
Whisk everything together, then return it to the saucepan and, still whisking, bring it up to a simmer.

When it begins to boil it will become thick, so remove it from the heat, add the vanilla extract, then pour it into a bowl and allow to cool.

When the custard is cold, brush the pastry rounds with some of the beaten egg and transfer them to a well-greased baking sheet. Now spoon some of the cold custard into the centre of each one, leaving a 2.5cm border all round. Bring up the edges of the pastry to form into tarts, pinching and sealing the folds.

Brush the pastry with more beaten egg, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake for 15-20 minutes till the pastry is dark golden-brown. The filling will puff up quite a lot, but it will soon sink back as it cools. Finally, brush each one with caramel sauce to give a shiny glaze over the filling and pastry.

Eat with a nice coffee - yummy :D


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This is so easy to eat, you'll evaporate a dozen of 'em before you can sip your coffee!
Usually sprinkled with sugar'n'cinnamon on top, here (in Portugal) It's difficult to find a snack-bar/coffee shop/restaurant/any-place-that-sells-edible-stuff without Portuguese Custard Tarts or as they are known "Pastéis de Nata" , the most famous of them being the ones from Belém ( http://www.pasteisdebelem.pt/ ).

Nick Cook

We always have these when we're in Portugal - they're yummy!!!!! My wife makes them occasionally now - I expect that's the same recipe - she's a big Delia fan!!!


If at first you don't succeed try try try a Gin
I think I'm going to make some now and have with a coffee later - hungry just thinking about themmm:p
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