Pasteis de Nata (Custard Tarts)

Recipe by Evamyth
READY IN: 40mins




  • Make the pastry.
  • In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse the flour, salt and sugar to combine.
  • Add the butter and pulse until the flour resembles coarse, uneven cornmeal, about 10 1-second pulses.
  • Drizzle 5 tablespoons of the ice water over the mixture.
  • Pulse several times to work the water into the flour.
  • Add the remaining water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and continue pulsing until the mixture develops small curds.
  • Turn the dough out onto a work surface, shape it into a disc and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll half the dough to 1/16-inch thickness.
  • Cut out 6 (4 1/2-inch) circles.
  • (If you don't have a cookie cutter, a wide-mouth jar works well.) Ease the dough circles into a 12-cup (4-ounce capacity) nonstick muffin tin, pressing out any overlapping folds.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Place the tin in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove and trim any overhang with the back of a knife so that the pastry cups are flush with the top of the tins.
  • Line dough cups with cupcake papers and fill with dried beans or pastry weights.
  • Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 8 to 10 minutes to set.
  • Make the custard.
  • Dissolve the cornstarch in 1/4 cup of the cream in a medium bowl.
  • Add the remaining cream and sugar, and stir until the mixture is smooth and the sugar dissolves.
  • Check for sugar granules with a spoon; none should remain.
  • In a small bowl, blend the yolks with a fork until smooth.
  • Add the yolks to the cream mixture, stirring gently to combine.
  • Ladle the egg mixture into the partially baked pastry cups, filling to 2/3 capacity.
  • Bake in at 350°F (180°C) until the edges of the custard are puffed and middle is still jiggly, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • (The custard will continue to cook.) Cool completely in the tin.
  • The pastéis are best when eaten the same day.