Our final recipe to wrap up the week is from Helen at Fuss Free Flavours, bringing us her recipe on making the ever popular and classic pastry of Portugal, Pasteis de Nata (custard tarts). These little tarts are perfect for a long leisurely weekend brunch or breakfast; make the custard the day before for speedy baking in the morning. This recipe makes 6 – 9 depending on the size of your muffin pan.


  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 90g caster sugar
  • 1 ½ tbs cornflour 300ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 packet ready rolled puff pastry (all butter is best)


Place the egg, egg yolk and sugar in a bowl and whisk until pale and fluffy.

Place the cornflour into a small bowl and add a little of the milk and stir until you have a smooth paste, add some more milk and mix to a thick liquid.

Transfer the egg and sugar mixture to a pan, stir in the remainder of the milk and the cornflour mixture. Stir over a gentle heat for 5 – 10 minutes until starting to thicken, and the mixture coats the back of the spoon. Whilst cooking take care to scrape the bottom and sides of the pan.

All the pastry to come to room temperature and use a cutter to cut 6 circles of pastry and use to line a deep muffin tin.

Fill the pastry with the custard mix and bake at 200C / 180C fan / GM 6 for 20 – 25 minutes until golden. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the pan.

Enjoy warm.

Leftover puff pastry scraps can be folded together and re-rolled to make additional tarts.

Author Bio:

Helen Best-Shaw is a freelance food & recipe writer and photographer.  She has blogged at Fuss Free Flavours since 2007 where she mainly covers easy, affordable recipes that help you towards your 5-a-day.   She is member of the Guild of Food writers and her work has been seen in a number of publications including The Guardian, iPaper, Healthy Food Guide.


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