How to Make Pasteis De Nata

Introduction: How to Make Pasteis De Nata

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In this instructable I will show you how you can make pasteis de nata. Pasteis de nata are custard puff pastries from Portugal. It is also known as pastel de Belem or pasteis de Belem. I will show you how you can make these little delicious pastries yourself and have a touch of Lisbon (Portugal) at home.

I use store-bought puff pastry for this recipe and make the filling myself. It is quite easy to make as you have to make a custard. You start with two egg yolks and 75 gram of sugar. Add one tablespoon of flour and whisk that into a smooth cream while you heat 250 ml of milk. This recipe requires vanilla and if you have fresh vanilla scrape the seeds from the vanilla pod and put that in the milk. If you do not have fresh vanilla you can use vanilla extract like I did. Heat the milk slowly and do not boil yet.

Take about two tablespoons of milk and add this to the egg cream stir it loose and add the egg cream to the milk. Warm the milk further so a slow boil so the flour can set. Let it cook for 2 minutes on low heat (you should see an occasional bubble). Take a plate and rinse with water. Put the custard on the plate and wrap with foil to let it cool.

I use a puff pastry roll and sprinkle some cinnamon on the puff pastry. Roll it up again and cut into 12 pieces. Let it cool in the fridge for 10 minutes and roll each circle into a bigger circle. Push them into a muffin tin.

Now it is time to divide the custard across the 12 pasteis. Pre-heat the oven at 480℉/225℃ and bake in about 25 minutes. The custard should have brown blisters. Let them cool slightly and sprinkle with some icing sugar. Eat immediately. Delicious!

Step 1: Watch One Minute Video

Want to see how to make the pasteis de nata ? Then watch the 1-minute instruction video.

Step 2: What Do You Need to Make This Recipe

To make 23 pasteis de nata you need the following ingredients:

  • 250 ml milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 75 gram of granulate sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 roll of puff pastry
  • 2 tablespoon of cinnamon

Step 3: Instructions

  1. Whisk two egg yolks and 75 gram of sugar. Add 1 tablespoon of flour and whisk into a smooth cream. Set aside.
  2. Heat 250 ml of milk on low heat and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Do not boil.
  3. When the milk is warm add 2 tablespoons of milk to the egg mixture and whisk.
  4. Now add the egg milk mixture to the pan with milk and let it simmer on low heat for about 2 minutes to let the flour in the cream cook (you should see an occasional bubble).
  5. Take a plate and rinse with water. Put the custard on the plate and wrap with foil to let it cool.
  6. Take sheet of puff pastry and sprinkle some cinnamon on the puff pastry. Roll it up and cut into 12 pieces. Let it cool in the fridge for 10 minutes and roll each circle into a bigger circle.
  7. Push them into a muffin tin. Divide the custard over the 12 pastries
  8. Pre-heat the oven at 480℉/225℃ and bake in about 25 minutes. The custard should have brown blisters

Step 4: Notes

I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you tried out this recipe or have some suggestions then let me know via the comments.

More information and a printable recipe can be found on The Tortill Channel.

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