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Being a Portuguese American family, we thoroughly enjoyed the World Cup series this year. For us it was a win win.

My son and daughter-in-love came over to watch the USA vs. Portugal game with us. The chicken wings marinated in a peri peri sauce (a classic Portuguese game day food) were eaten up in no time.

I remember enjoying Pasteis de Nata as a little girl. I particularly remember one of my aunts bringing her version to our Christmas Eve celebrations at my Vavo’s house. These Portuguese custard cups can be found in every Portuguese bakery in New England and in every good baker’s recipe book. These recipes were most likely passed down from relatives who immigrated from the Old Country to the USA.

After a little research my daughter-in-love and I made these beauties which didn’t last very long either.

One really works up an appetite watching the World Cup, you know.

Before I share my Portuguese Custard Cup or Pasteis de Nata recipe with you, take a look at this super cool video I found. When I finally make it to Portugal, I hope to find this bakery.

Whether you are Portuguese, have never tried these pastries before, or remember the Pasteis de Nata your grandmother once made, I know you will simply adore these. I would love to hear if you’ve made them and what you think, so please leave me a comment. Making them with someone you love is even better!

 

 

For more Portuguese favorites, you can order my cookbook, You Never Cook Alone.

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 Pasteis de NataPortuguese Custard Cups
Portuguese Custard Cups

Pasteis de Nata, Portuguese Custard Cups CookingwithElise.com

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20
mins
Total Time:
1:20 hour

I remember enjoying Pasteis de Nata as a little girl. I particularly remember one of my aunts bringing her version to our Christmas Eve celebration at my Vavo’s house. These Portuguese custard cups can be found in every Portuguese bakery in New England and in every good baker recipe book most likely passed down from relatives who immigrated from the Old Country.

Makes 16

Ingredients

  • 1 package Puff Pastry
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 7 egg yolks

Instructions

1. Smear a little softened butter into each muffin tin.

2. Place the puff pastry on a lightly floured board or counter and roll once or twice with a rolling pin to remove any lines. Lift and place your puff pastry over your entire muffin tins. Use the bottom of a glass which has been smeared with softened butter to gently press the pastry into each tin. Roll the rolling pin straight across the pan and remove any excess dough.
3. Dissolve the flour in a little milk.
Bring the remaining milk to boil, add the cinnamon stick and lemon peel.
When boiling, add the flour and stir well.
Stir until it begins to boil and turn off the heat.

4. In a pan, bring to boil sugar and water and stir.
After starting to boil, let boil for exactly 3 minutes.
Add the sugar syrup in a thin milk and mix well.
Strain in a colander and let it cool

NOTE: Leave it to cool until cold.

5. Add the egg yolks with the cream and stir well.
Fill the shapes with the cream.
Bake in preheated oven at 250 degrees for 17 minutes.

6. Unmold once the custards have cooled. Serve hot or cold, sprinkled with powdered sugar or cinnamon. Enjoy! Bom dia! (Good day!)