How to Make Portuguese Custard Tarts
Portuguese Custard Tarts Recipe
Pastéis de Belém is essentially egg custard tarts. The thick outer is a rich buttery puff pastry that holds a dollop of smooth, creamy egg custard. The top of the custard is caramelized, which gives the tart its spotted look, then dusted with cinnamon and icing sugar.
In the 1600s, egg whites were used to starch the clothing of the nuns and friars. The result was a huge quantity of egg yolks leftover. What to do? Sweet dessert. The monks and nuns always sold desserts in the convents and monasteries.
The monks created the custard tarts in the famous Jerónimos Monastery.
After the civil war and liberal revolution (1834), the monasteries and convents in Portugal were shut down, the clergy and laborers were expelled. The monks sold the recipe to a local sugar refinery.
In 1837, the store “Pastéis de Belém” began to sales this amazing sweet pastry. This store is open till nowadays.
You can currently eat this sweet pastry in New York, London, Macau, Rio de Janeiro, etc.
What does “pastel” mean?
It means pastry. In Portuguese, one pastry is “pastel”, two is “pastéis”.
What does “nata” mean?
It means cream.
What is the diferença entre pastel de nata e pastéis de belém?
None! Pastéis de Belém is a brand. The first store was open in Belém, a neighborhood in Lisbon. Pastel de Nata is a pastry name in Portuguese.
In my opinion: the pastry in the story “Pastéis de Belém” has more butter in the puff pastry, and the cream has a soft flavor of lemon. For other pastries in the north of Portugal, the cream is thick.
How to order one Portuguese custard tart and coffee in Lisbon?
Um pastel de nata e uma bica, por favor.
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How many calories are in a Portuguese custard tart?
One tart has 250 calories.
Can you freeze Portuguese custard tarts?
Yes, you can freeze. However, the tart quality will not be the same! You will not have a crunchy dough.
What are the best places for eating custard tarts?
Lisbon: Manteigaria, Pastelaria Santo António and Nata Lisboa.
Porto: Nata Lisboa and Manteigaria.
Outside of Portugal, you can buy the egg custard tart.
UK: Cafe de Nata.
USA: Joey Bats Cafe.
Australia: Round Bird.
Easy Recipe Pastel de Natas
INGREDIENT FOR TEN PERSONS
Three sheets of puff pastry. You can buy it in the supermarket.
Margarine to spread the forms
150 gr. butter without sal
500 ml of milk
One lemon peel
One cinnamon stick
60 gr. cake flour
500 gr. sugar
250 ml of water
Seven egg yolks
In a pan, boil the milk with a cinnamon stick and lemon peel.
In a mixing bowl (with the help of rods), mix the eggs and flour.
Add it into the pan with the previous mixture, always mixing, and heat very slowly.
In another pan, boil the water and sugar for 3 minutes. After boiling and always mixing, gently put everything in the first pan and allow it to stand.
Meanwhile, smear the muffin cup (in aluminum. Please don’t use silicon) with margarine.
Extend the puff pastry and butter with a kitchen roll and wrap up the most power in the cylinder. My tips: If you add more butter, the pastry will be brittle and crisp. That is optional. You can add 50 gr per sheet of puff pastry.
Curl the puff pastry again. Cut into 3 cm pieces and placed them in the form using your thumb finger (circular movements). Press thumb into the center of the swirl.
Fill each cup 3/4 of the way with custard.
And it takes the preheated oven at 250º C for 20 minutes.
Bake until the pastry is browned and bubbly, and the tops start to blister and caramelize. Cool tarts briefly and serve warm with cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.
Why don’t we use vanilla in this recipe?
Because the cinnamon cut the eggs’ smell.
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