Anyone who has been to Portugal or the Azores before has probably tried these delicious little cakes, Pastéis de Nata. Because my husband likes them so much, I figured it would be nice to give them a go at home.
And so I did.
Firstly, the ingredients need to be bought. To make 12 Pastéis de Nata, you will need the following:
- 200 ml milk
- 6 egg yolks
- 125 g sugar
- A couple of drops of vanilla extract
- 2 heaped tablespoons cornflour
- A sprinkle of salt
- 400 ml fresh whipped cream
- 1 roll puff pastry from the freezer
- Butter to grease the cupcake trays
- sugar to dust
First you need to prepare the cream filling. To do this, add the milk, the 6 egg yolks, the sugar, the vanilla extract, the cornstarch and the pinch of salt to a saucepan and stir until smooth. Next, add the liquid whipped cream.
Heat up the cream while stirring continuously. Bring it to the boil briefly.
Now take the cream off the stove and let cool.
While preheating the oven to 250° C, prepare the puff pastry. Roll it out as shown in the picture and then re-roll it from the other side.
Separate the roll into 12 equal parts.
Fill the greased cupcake tray with the 12 pieces, the cut off sides pointing up. Now push the pastry outward from the middle to ensure that the bottom and sides of the muffin tray are covered. Ensure that the pastry wall has roughly the same thickness everywhere.
Now add the cooled Pastéis de Nata – cream to the pastry bowls.
Place the Pastéis de Nata in the preheated oven and let it bake at 250 ° C for about 30 minutes. Take the baking mold out of the oven as soon as the cream starts to turn black on the surface.
Now leave the little cakes to cool off – even if it’s hard! Only try to remove them from the tray once the cream has solidified a little. If it is still too runny, the edges of the puff pastry break easily. Finally, dust the cakes with cinnamon sugar and…
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