Pastel de nata: Portuguese custard tart

Ingredients (for 25-30 tarts)

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 50 g cornstarch
  • 100 g sugar
  • 500 ml heavy cream
  • Skin of a lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 puff pastry sheets


  1. Prepare the dough in tin molds or muffin cups
  2. Prick with a fork and bake in the oven until slightly golden. 
  3. Meanwhile heat ¾ of the heavy cream, lemon peel, cinnamon and lemon peel. Bring to a boil and then lower. In a separate bowl add the egg yolks, cornstarch and remaining heavy cream. Whisk until smooth. Then, add into the hot heavy cream mixture and take off the heat. 
  4. Pour into the molds just till ¾ full. Then, bake for 25-28 minutes in the upper third of the oven at 410 F. 

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