Pastéis de nata

These little Portuguese pastries are popular, and it’s not surprising. Pastéis de nata are really tasty! Crispy puff pastry with a soft and slightly zingy custard.

45 minutes 6 people Pie and cake 147 calories p.p.
Pastéis de nata


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  • 2 rolls of puff pastry
  • 500 ml whole milk
  • 1 vanilla pod or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 200 grams of sugar
  • 35 grams of flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • butter for greasing
Pastéis de nata ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • medium saucepan
  • medium bowl
  • whisk
  • pastéis de nata or muffin tin
  • silicone brush
  • oven
  • round cutter
  • rolling pin


45 minutes 6 people Pie and cake 147 calories p.p.

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Preparation – 15 minutes

Heat the milk with vanilla. If using a pod, cut it in half first and scrape out the seeds and any pulp. Add the pod and seeds/pulp to the milk and warm over low heat.

Meanwhile, grease the small moulds, such as a muffin tin, with butter.

Combine the sugar, flour and salt in a medium bowl. Remove the vanilla pod from the milk if necessary and pour the warm milk little by little into the sugar mixture. Stir constantly to avoid lumps.

Add the egg yolks and the egg, one at a time, to the milk mixture and whisk again immediately until smooth. Set the filling aside and preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.

Pastéis de nata
Pastéis de nata

Finishing the Pastéis de nata – 30 minutes

Use a round cutter, such as a cookie cutter or glass, to cut circles out of the puff pastry. You will need about 20 rounds for this amount of filling.

Make these so large that they fit in the round moulds, roll out the rounds very lightly so that the puff pastry will not become too thick during baking.

Press the circles well into the moulds and pour the filling into the puff pastry cups. Do not overfill them, but do fill them almost to the rim of the puff pastry.

Bake them until set and nicely browned, about 20 minutes. The exact baking time depends on the oven, with a pastéis de nata you should see some burnt patches here and there.

Let them cool a bit before removing them from the moulds, they are best when they are still a bit warm. Enjoy!

Pastéis de nata: frequently asked questions

Where can I buy the real pastéis de nata trays?

A muffin tin does not give quite the same effect as the real mini tins but is a lot more easily available. You can order the real trays online.

Can I freeze the pastéis de nata?

You can freeze them after they have cooled down. Once thawed, you can reheat them briefly in a preheated oven.

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