Pasteis de Nata

Back in Germany we had a nice tradition for Saturday mornings. We would get up early to go grocery shopping and on our way to the supermarket, we would stop at our favourite Portuguese cafe. We would grab a Galao, which is a Latte the Portuguese way, and a Pasteis de Nata.

They are yummy littley pastries with vanilla custard. I didn’t think of them in a long time, but when I saw them on Deichrunner’s Kitchen, I had a flashback and an immediate craving.

So I made them the next day and they were so delicious. I think it’s amazing how flavours remind you of situations, places, people…

You have to try them. Really.

Pasteis de Nata.

Serves: 12
Source: Based on delicious days


200 g puff pastry, frozen
250 ml milk
125 g caster sugar
15 g cornflour
1 pinch of salt
1 tsp butter
1 egg
2 egg yolk
1/2 vanilla pod
1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Defrost puff pastry and roll out to a 25 x 35 cm rectangle. Starting with the shorter side, roll up the pastry. Chill it in freezer until it becomes firm, but not frozen (about 20 minutes).
  2. Cut dough roll in 12 equally thick slices. Form them into little cups with your hand and make them fit in a lightly greased muffin tray.
  3. Preheat oven to 225°C.
  4. In a small bowl combine sugar, salt and cornflour.
  5. Split vanilla pod lenghtways and scrape out seeds.
  6. Heat up milk, vanilla pod and seeds and butter in a pot. Remove vanilla pod when boiling, add sugar mixture and stir well. Bring to a boil again for a short moment until it thickens and set aside to cool for at least 10 minutes.
  7. Add egg and egg yolks and whisk well.
  8. Fill the mixture into the pastry shells – half-full is enough.
  9. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes. The pastries should become quite dark on top with ‘black dots’, which is typical for Pasteis de Nata.
  10. Dust pastries with cinnamon for serving.

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