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Portuguese Custard Tarts (Pasteis de Nata)

Portuguese Custard Tarts (Pasteis de Nata) Recipe and Video

Description

Chef John shows you how to perfect the world-famous Portuguese custard tarts, from buttering and folding the dough to incorporating the custard with the sugar syrup.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup cold water
  • 1 stick high-quality unsalted butter, fully softened, divided
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 lemon, zested in large strips
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, salt, and cold water in a bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon until dough just comes together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Dough should be sticky; adjust with more flour or water to achieve what's shown in the video.
  2. Transfer dough onto a well floured surface. Dust a little more flour over the top. Knead for a minute or two to form a round. Cover and let rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Roll dough into a square about 1/8 inch thick, dusting with flour as necessary; dough should still be sticky.
  4. Spread 1/3 of the butter over 2/3 of the square using a silicone spatula, leaving a 1/2 inch border. Flip the unbuttered side over the middle of the square and fold the opposite end over it like a letter. Straighten the edges as needed.
  5. Turn dough with a bench scraper to unstick it from the counter; dust with flour. Flip and sprinkle more flour on top. Roll dough into a 1/8-inch-thick rectangle, carefully stretching edges as needed. Spread another 1/3 of the butter over 2/3 of the dough. Fold into thirds. Transfer onto a lined baking sheet and freeze until butter is slightly chilled, about 10 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle dough with flour and roll into a square a little over 1/8 inch thick. Spread remaining butter over the dough, leaving a 1- to 1 1/2-inch border on the top edge. Dip your finger in water and lightly moisten the unbuttered edge. Roll dough into a log starting from the bottom edge. Dust with more flour and polish the ends as needed. Seal with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  7. Combine sugar, 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon water, cinnamon, and lemon zest in a pot. Boil over medium heat, without stirring, until syrup reaches 210 to 215 degrees F (100 degrees C). Remove from heat.
  8. Preheat oven 550 degrees F (288 degrees C). Grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
  9. Whisk flour, salt, and cold milk together very thoroughly in a cold pot. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until milk thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for at least 10 minutes.
  10. Whisk egg yolks into the cooled milk. Add the sugar syrup and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Strain custard into a glass measuring cup.
  11. Unwrap the dough and trim any uneven bits on the ends. Score log into 12 even pieces using a knife; cut through.
  12. Place a piece of dough in each muffin cup. Dip your thumb lightly in some cold water. Press thumb into the center of the swirl; push dough against the bottom and up the sides of the cup until it reaches least 1/8 inch past the top. Fill each cup 3/4 of the way with custard.
  13. Bake in the preheated oven until the pastry is browned and bubbly, and the tops start to blister and caramelize, about 12 minutes. Cool tarts briefly and serve warm.

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Nutritional Information

Portuguese Custard Tarts (Pasteis de Nata)

Servings Per Recipe: 12
Calories: 210.2
% Daily Value *
protein: 8 %
carbohydrates: 8 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 2 %
sugars:
fat: 16 %
saturated fat: 30 %
cholesterol: 42 %
vitamin a iu: 8 %
niacin equivalents: 12 %
vitamin b6: 3 %
vitamin c: 1 %
folate: 10 %
calcium: 6 %
iron: 5 %
magnesium: 3 %
potassium: 2 %
sodium: 4 %
thiamin: 14 %
calories from fat:
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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