Pasteis De Nata: The Authentic Flavour Of Portugal

Discover the authentic flavour of Portugal with these Portuguese pasteis de nata, or custard tarts! Now you can make these traditional pastries, with their unique texture and flavour, yourself, without sugar. Turn your kitchen into a pastelaria, just like the pastry shops that line the hilly streets of picturesque Lisbon. Delicioso!

Preparation time

60 min


18 servings





For 18 servings

300 ml fresh cream

2 sheets puff pastry (ready-made)

4 egg yolks

180 g Zùsto

Rind of 1 lemon

30 g strong patisserie flour

½ vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla essence

Cinnamon (optional)

Preparation method


Place the flour in a bowl and add 100 ml of cream. Whisk vigorously until all the lumps have disappeared.


Pour the remaining cream into a saucepan.


Add the lemon rind and the vanilla (seeds or essence) and heat on a medium stove.


Add the hot cream to the flour mixture along with the Zùsto, and whisk until well combined.


Add the egg yolks, then whisk again.


Transfer the mixture from the bowl to the saucepan and bring to the boil. Continue to whisk.


Remove the saucepan from the heat when the custard has thickened and set aside to cool.


Cut the puff pastry in half and place one half on top of the other. Roll loosely into a log. Cut the log into slices about 3 cm thick.


Press the slices flat, make them into cup shapes and place in a pasteis de nata tin. If you don’t have one, use a muffin or cupcake tin.


Fill each cup with the cooled custard and bake in a pre-heated oven for 20 min at 220°C. Sprinkle with cinnamon (optional).

Nutritional values

Nutrition per serving Per 100 g Per serving
Energy (KJ/kcal) 1495.5 / 357.2 774.6 / 185
Fats (g) 25.3 13.1
Of which saturates (g) 13.4 6.94
Carbohydrate (g) 27.2 14.1
Sugar (g) 1.7 0.9
Fibre (g) 13.3 6.9
Protein (g) 5.2 2.7
Salt (g) 0.652 0.338
Nutri-score D