Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pasteis de Nata

I don´t know how long it´s ago that my daughter came back from a journey with the school and was telling about a delicious treat that she and her friends had savoured during their stay in Portugal. Since then, when ever she rememorates this journey she speaks about Pasteis de Nata. And I think it´s quite also such a long time that I promised her to try to bake some of those Pasteis de Nata... So that´s one of the examples that you never should give up in your life - because now (even if it´s years after..) I did it! I found a delicious and easy recipe for Pasteis de Nata. And here it is.
You need (makes about 24 small Pasteis de Nata)
- 275g ready to use puff pastry
- 4 egg yolks
- 80 g sugar
- 250 ml heavy cream
- 1 tsp. wheat flour
- some cinnamon powder, a little bit melted butter and a pan for little muffins
To prepare:
1. Beat the egg yolks with a fork. Put in a pan together with sugar and heavy cream and heat up on low temperature. Just before it boils you add the flour (dissolved previously in a little bit of heavy cream)
2. Cook for about 3 minutes until it starts to get creamy. Stir from time to time
3. Let cool down this cream
4. Meanwhile butter your muffin pan with the melted butter
5. Roll out the puff pastry and cut into stripes about 1 cm wide and 20 cm long
6. Roll each stripe to a sort of a snail and flatten to a disk. Then put each disk in a muffin whole

7. Fill the cream in your pastry tartelettes and bake for about 18 minutes in your preheated oven (200 C) until goldn brown
8. When getting out of the oven your pasteis de nata sprinkle some ground cinnamon on each and let cool down. Don´t be afraid that they will collapse a little bit.

Those pasteis de nata are delicious when slightly warm (but not hot)... Would wonder if you could stop after one piece


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