We were lucky enough to go in holiday to Porto, in Portugal earlier this year. One of the lovely things we remember is going out for ‘breakfast’ each morning, a rich smooth coffee and a delicious custard tart, know as Pastel de nata.
As tonight is ‘date night’ and I don’t have to cook, I thought I would have a go at making them. I bought the cases on ebay, they were very cheap, and made from very thin metal, so hope to get a crisp bottom.
I am not making my own puff pastry, I use Aldi’s, but will make the custard – in the Thermomix.
I start by taking a sheet of puff pastry, I use ready rolled, and roll it up, then cut into 12 equal slices, so you have a dozen ‘swirls’.
Press each swirl I to the lightly oiled tin, you can use a muffin tin, ensure that the pastry is even all over – I then put into the fridge.
The custard, I am making in the Thermomix, but just as easy in a pan, just more stirring 😏 3 egg yolks, 80g caster sugar, 2 tablespoons cornflour, 130ml double cream, 180ml milk, 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, all in the Thermomix bowl, mix on speed 3 for a few seconds to combine, then cook for 7 minutes and heat 80 at speed 4.
Leave the custard to cool, covered in cling film, so a skin doesn’t form. Turn the oven on to 260 non fan and leave to heat up.
Fill the cases about 3/4 full, try not to get the custard up the sides, the. Put into the very hot over for aprox 10 minutes, check and leave for another 2 minutes if you think they need it.
Once golden and risen, remove from the oven and leave to cool for a while – this will drive you insane, but eat them too early and you risk burning your tongue, which, spoils the enjoyment 😉 Sprinkle with Icing sugar and cinnamon is you like 😍