Portuguese custard tarts (Pastéis de Nata) are a flaky dessert that became an international favourite.
– 3 egg yolks
– 1/2 cup caster sugar
– 2 tbsp cornstarch
– 1/2 cup heavy cream
– 2/3 cup milk
– 2 tap pure vanilla extract
– 1 sheet puff pastry
1. Whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch.
2. Add the cream and milk.
3. Pour the egg mixture into a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickens and comes to a boil.
4. Switch off the heat, and add the vanilla extract.
5. Transfer the custard to a bowl, cover with a plastic wrap, and leave out to cool.
6. Preheat the oven to 190C.
7. Lightly grease a 12-count muffin pan.
8. Cut the puff pastry sheet and put it into a muffin pan.
9. Spoon the cooled custard into the pastry cases.
10. Bake until the pastry and custards are golden, approximately for 20 to 25 minutes.
11. Leave the tarts in the pan for 5 minutes, and then remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.