pasteis de nata


And Im back, I hope. Its been far too long since I’ve blogged and I’m really missing it.
With Cape Town being the design Capital for 2014, I was asked by The Pretty Blog to think up a scene with the theme “Paint the town yellow” and I should be inspired by the warm and happy hues of Summer .


And here it is. A recipe taught to me by my very own Portuguese granny. These Pasteis de nata’s really are the best in Town, but be careful not to over cook them or they may curdle.


This recipe makes 12 individual Pasteis de nata’s


200g ready made puff pastry
1 cup (250ml) milk
3 tbsp (45ml) corn flour
1 cinnamon stick
½ cup (125ml) castor sugar
¾ cup (180ml) cream
½ tsp (2.5ml) vanilla essence
4 egg yolks
Ground cinnamon for garnishing


Preheat oven to 200°C.
Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to ½ cm in thickness.
Using round cookie cutters cut out circles to line 12 muffin cups (1 tray). Refrigerate until needed.
Combine 3 tbsp of the milk with the corn flour and mix to form a paste. Set aside.
Pour the remaining milk into a saucepan together with the cinnamon stick, sugar, cream and vanilla and stir over medium heat until sugar has dissolved.
Bring to the boil, remove cinnamon stick and add corn flour paste. Continue to stir until mixture thickens.
Remove from heat, whisk in egg yolks and allow custard to cool.
Fill pastry cups with the custard and bake in oven for about 20 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and custard has just set.
Remove from oven, dust with a little ground cinnamon and allow to cool before serving.

Tip. Instead of a cinnamon stick, infuse ingredients such as lemon thyme, vanilla bean or coconut for different flavoured custard tarts (pasteis de nata).


This post was especially created for The Pretty Blog

Photographer: Catherine Mac

Recipe and Styling: Luisa Farelo Hayes

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