Little Custard Tarts/Pasteis de Natas (makes 12)

These little treats are perfect for afternoon tea and are so easy to make. I used puff pastry but you can make your own if you like. They can also be caramelised with sugar and a blow torch for a more ‘pasteis de natas‘ style tart.


Here’s how to make them:


  • 2 sheets of puff pastry- slightly thawed
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tbs cornflour
  • 1 Tbs custard powder
  • 400mL full cream milk
  • 2 Tsp vanilla essence


1. Lightly grease a 12 hole muffin pan. Use a round cutter to cut puff pastry circles and push them into the tray. Blind bake for 10-15minutes until slightly browned.


2. Put eggs, sugar and cornflour in a pan and whisk together.


3. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth.


4. Add cinnamon and nutmeg and stir.

5. Put pan on medium heat and stir until the mix thickens and comes to the boil.

6. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla essence.

7. Transfer to a glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave to cool.


8. Spoon cooled custard into the pastry cases and bake at 180C for about 15minutes or until golden and firm.

9. Leave in tart tins to cool for 5minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.



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