I love a good Nata….

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.

You can’t beat proper vanilla custard 

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 😍

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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