Cooking Portugal

Cooking Portugal

How to cook Portuguese egg tart. Accomplish now!

It’s not a secret how to cook Portuguese egg tart and recipes may change according to the pastry chef in the kitchen . The locals have two types. The originals are called Pastéis de Belém and the common egg tart on the rest of the coffee and pastry shops.

Visiting Portugal, even if you will not cook in a cooking class in Portugal, you will taste for sure a Portuguese Egg Tart. The perfect Portuguese egg tart is crispy, flaky crust and creamy custard.

How to cook Portuguese Egg Tarts

To cook Portuguese Egg Tart you will need very few ingredients, technique and the aluminium tins. It is highly recommended that you have the correct tins in aluminium. If you will visit Portugal and you love to bake or cook at home, try to acquire the tins. Alternative is to make it in silicone molds, even the final result in terms of presentation will not be the same.

How to cook Portuguese Egg Tart (Pastéis de Nata)

To cook the Portuguese Egg Tart you should consider two different days. The first day to make the dough that you will use on the next day. If you don’t have time to make it, probably you can buy it at the supermarket. It will be different since it is industrial. In Portugal, you find it in any supermarket.  Please acquire puff pastry with a rectangular shape. 


With these ingredients, you will be able to make 20 Portuguese egg custard tarts.

  • 1 l semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 lemon peels
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 500 g sugar
  • 100 g flour
  • 2 eggs M
  • 10 egg yolks M
  • 500 g puff pastry

Suggestion: you may sprinkle with cinnamon.

Tip: after take out from the oven, let them cool down for some minutes, avoiding that Portuguese egg tart lovers burn.

Portuguese Egg Tart Recipe

Preheat your oven to 240º C ( equivalent to 518ºF ).
In a saucepan, place the whole milk with the lemon peels and the cinnamon sticks. Bring to the boil until it boils and turns off. In a bowl mix the sugar with the flour. Add the mixture to the milk, still very hot and stirring well with sticks. Remove the lemon peels and cinnamon sticks and allow to cool down for 10 minutes.

Add the 2 eggs and the 10 yolks and stir with sticks until it has a homogeneous bream. Bring to the heat again and stir constantly until it thickens.

Roll the rectangular puff pastry into a cylinder and cut into 2 cm slices each. With the help of moistened thumbs, line small metal shapes by spreading the dough well to the edge. Pour the filling into the molds and bake around 13 minutes until golden.

If you have the opportunity to visit Portugal in a near future, book a cooking class in Portugal, where you will be able to enjoy a funny activity.

There are several cooking and baking classes available in the country. Meanwhile, you can make this recipe. You will find other recipes on the internet, which you can make also. There is the original Pastel de Belém which is exclusive of the famous pastry shop. There are many ways to cook Portuguese egg tarts. Challenge yourself with your skills in the kitchen. Enjoy the moments. 

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