Portuguese Custard Tarts

Portuguese Custard Tarts


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Super simple custard tarts, very easy to make using frozen puff pastry. Don't be fooled by the simplicity of the recipe, these are addictive!

John J. Pacheco

Serves: 12 

  • 2-3 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons cornflour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 6 egg yolks

Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin and line bottom and sides of cups with puff pastry.
  2. In a saucepan, combine milk, cornflour, sugar and vanilla. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Place egg yolks in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk half of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks. Gradually add egg yolk mixture back to remaining milk mixture, whisking constantly. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes, or until thickened. Remove vanilla bean.
  3. Fill pastry-lined muffin tin with egg mixture and bake for 20 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is lightly browned on top.

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Reviews (11)


Something else. The traditional way to line the cups is to take the sheet of puff pastry and roll it into a loaf, then cut slices and place the in the cups, pressing down so that the dough flattens and there is a bit of a rim of thicker pastry at the top. That way they come out with very crispy and flaky shells. - 29 Sep 2008


Something else. Excellent recipe! I used mini muffin cups, the filling was enough for 30, and I used 1 and a half packages of puff pastry. Everyone wanted the recipe. The smaller "pasteis" were just perfect for a sweet table. - 29 Sep 2008


This recipe is terrible! I balked at the 200g thinking it would be too much and it was! They're not so much custard tarts as sugar tarts. They might work with 1/3 or even less sugar... - 07 Dec 2014

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