Thermomix Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese custard tarts)


Thermomix Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese custard tarts)

So they are Paul Hollywood’s favourite cake and according to him ‘absolutely worth the calories’.

And I have to say, having been to Lisbon and eaten the real thing, they are one of mine too. They’re just naughty little things made of puff pastry and filled with creamy custard. Totally utterly delicious.

Only 3 people in the world know the original recipe. But this one is pretty close to the real thing. I use shop-bought puff pastry because life is just too short, but feel free to make your own rough-puff!

Makes 14

Active time: 15 minutes – Total time: 36 minutes


  • 550g milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 200g sugar
  • a few drops of vanilla essence
  • 40g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 lemon zest, in 1 cm chunks (it will need to be removed)
  • 1 puff pastry

Let’s go…

  1. Add the whisk to the mixing bowl
  2. Add 550g milk, 2 whole eggs, 4 egg yolks, 200g sugar, a few drops of vanilla essence, 40g plain flour, 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Mix for 1 minute / speed 4.
  3. Add the zest of one lemon. Cook for 10 minutes / 100C / speed 2.
  4. Roll the puff pastry out and cut out 12 circles. Ease the circles into a 12 cup non-stick muffin tin.
  5. Remove the lemon zest from the custard.
  6. Fill the pastry cases with custard to 3/4 capacity.
  7. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 250C. Remove from the oven as soon as the browning starts to appear.

Delicious. Bon appetit x


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  1. Would love to make the custard tarts. Need to know if the baking temperature is based on fan oven or conventional heat please.

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