Portuguese Custard Tarts


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.

Portuguese Custard Tarts

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.

Portuguese Custard Tarts

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.

Portuguese Custard Tarts

Cook for 16 – 20 minutes at 200 degrees, until the pastry is golden brown.

Portuguese Custard Tarts

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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18 thoughts on “Portuguese Custard Tarts

  1. Yum! I love custard and this looks delicious. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday. Hope you can visit again tonight at 6pm PST.

  2. These look delicious! I love custard desserts, so tasty! It doesn’t sound too difficult to make either, I might actually make it! Thanks so much for linking up to #howtosunday x

    • Sally Sally says:

      I hope you do, we really enjoyed them. I’ve made them a couple of times now Jenny and they are worth the effort!

    • Sally Sally says:

      Ha ha – I hope she makes you some then. Or perhaps you should give it a go and then surprise her?

    • Sally Sally says:

      Oooh how nice Ashleigh. I love it when people bring in different things to try. Thanks for the invite. I’ll pop over now.

      • Thanks for sharing this post on Peace, Love, Link-up! Be sure to check in tomorrow the 22nd for the next party and share whatever you might be working on : )

    • Sally Sally says:

      These ones were so much nicer than the shop bought ones. They were so delicious and creamy. I hope you enjoy them Helen.

  3. Oh yeah, I’ll be going to Lisbon for sure! These look so tasty! We are only 3 hours away from Faro in Portugal, but we really want to go check out Lisbon at some point! I’d love for you to join my own link party I’m hosting with three other bloggers going live on Friday afternoons!

    • Sally Sally says:

      Lisbon looks amazing. I really want to visit. Maybe I’ll just check out those flight prices…

      Thanks for the invite. I’ll be over later to join in.

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