Portuguese Custard Tarts
Makes about 22
Monarch Airlines invited me to an evening of Portuguese cooking in celebration of the launch of their new flight path to Lisbon from flying from Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham. It was a really awesome evening and I enjoyed the company of some fellow bloggers, whilst learning how to make two delicious dishes.
The first recipe I’m going to share with you is Pasteis de Nata or Portuguese custard tarts, which are so delicious when freshly made.
1 sheet of ready rolled puff pastry
500ml semi-skimmed milk
120g plain flour
400g caster sugar
Zest of 2 lemons
12 egg yolks
2 tsp ground cinnamon
Tightly roll the puff pastry so it is in a long sausage shape. Roll from the longest side.
Using a knife, cut the sausage shape into pieces about 1 inch long.
Using a rolling pin, roll each of these pieces out so they form the casing of your tart.
Whisk the sugar and egg yolks together until they are pale in colour.
Bring the milk to the boil in a saucepan and once boiling, take off the heat and add to the egg and sugar mixture. Do this slowly, a little a time.
Add in the sifted flour.
Return the mixture back to the heat and allow to cook through until the mixture is the consistency of porridge.
Mix in the lemon zest and the cinnamon.
Spoon or pour the mixture into the pastry moulds.
Cook for 16 – 20 minutes at 200 degrees, until the pastry is golden brown.
Then allow to cool slightly. Serve and enjoy! You’ll be popping these pastries in your mouth and booking yourself on the next Monarch Flight to Lisbon in no time.
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