Pastel de Nata {Portuguese Custard Tart} #SundaySupper

by Isabel Laessig (Isabel Foodie) · 30 comments

in Desserts, Inspiration from my Kids, Portuguese Recipes, Reis-ipes, Sunday Supper

Pastel de nata Portuguese Custard PastryHave you ever tried a Pastel de Nata {Portuguese Custard Tart} ?  If you are Portuguese, you can’t imagine your life without one.  If you are not, you must try one immediately. I am not kidding, it is one of those delicacies that you must experience at least once.  This Portuguese dessert is to the Portuguese what Pumpkin Pie is to American’s.  It is an awesome Sunday Supper dessert.

Here is the original recipe for Pasteis de Nata that I posted a while back.  We love making the original version of this traditional Portuguese recipe.  When we received a beautiful new pie dish in candy apple red from Chantal Cookware, Reis and I decided we wanted to make a Portuguese Custard Pie.   Reis had so much fun playing around with the recipe until he added his own touches.   His Pastel de Nata Pie is not exactly like the original Portuguese dessert, but it is pretty darn close. Although we used puff pastry in our original recipe,  the phyllo dough added a really nice crispy texture that was a wonderful compliment to the soft custard.  Honestly, it was pretty amazing.

We baked one for our family and one to share with a friend who was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  Watching my friend and her family  during this difficult time has made me realize the importance of breast cancer screening and awareness.  I am honored to say that The Sunday Supper Team has partnered with Chantal Cookware for this special Sunday Supper, #BakeForACure event.  We are simply encouraging everyone to bake a favorite dish for someone who has been affected by this disease or  for a medical professional who makes a difference in the lives of cancer patients.

Many times, we don’t know what to do when a friend is diagnosed with cancer.   Baking is the perfect way to bring sunshine during a cloudy season.  Those small gestures are the ones that are most remembered.

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Pastel de Nata {Portuguese Custard Tart} #SundaySupper
Recipe type: Sunday Supper
Cuisine: Portuguese Dessert
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You haven't lived until you try a Pastel de Nata {Portuguese Custard Tart} It is that good.
  • 6 sheets of phyllo dough
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Brush each layer of Phyllo Dough with Butter and place in a pie dish
  2. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until the top is lightly brown
  3. Tuck in Phyllo Dough around the outside of the dish
  4. Combine the cornstarch, heavy cream, granulated sugard and egg yolks with a mixer until well blended and flully
  5. Pour mixture into the baked phyllo dough crust
  6. Sprinkle cinnamon on top
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until the the custard is firm.
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Kid Ratings: Alexandra 9, Ronnie 9, Reis 10, Riley 10

These #SundaySupper Contributors, were given a beautiful Easy As Pie Dish by Chantal Cookware.  They have created these beautiful recipes to brighten someone’s day.  The Sunday Supper team was in agreement, we loved the Easy As Pie Dish! The patented design simplifies the art of baking the perfect pie. Designed for ease, the interior ridges conveniently hold the dough in place and provide an even, uniform mold for the outer crust.  A raised rim on the outside of the dish allows for precise trimming of excess dough. 9″ interior Diameter. And the best part, it is microwave, Oven, Freezer and Dishwasher safe.

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen October 21, 2012 at 7:15 am

I´ve been fascinated with portuguese custard tart ever since seeing Bill Granger make them on tv. There´s just something about them. Being just plain delicious probably is the key! The idea of phyllo is wonderful, can´t go wrong with that crunch! Happy Sunday Isabel!


diabeticFoodie October 21, 2012 at 7:48 am

I’ve never heard of a Portuguese Custard Tart, but it certainly does look like something you should try at least once in your life. Love the phyllo for puff pastry substitution.


Liz October 21, 2012 at 8:27 am

What an amazing pie…and how lovely that you shared one with a friend touched by cancer! Happy #Sunday Supper!!!


Renee October 21, 2012 at 9:35 am

I can only imagine how good this tart must be with the phyllo sheets as the crust and the richness of the custard. I must make it soon. I know it will be a hit with my husband who loves custards and custard pies.


Jennifer B October 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

I’ll have to try this! I’ve never had Portuguese pastry before.


Jen @JuanitasCocina October 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

What a wonderful pie to share with a friend who needed a little love. <3


Cindys Recipes October 21, 2012 at 9:52 am

Baking from the heart is such a beautiful thing to do, Isabel! Custard and phyllo sounds like delicious!


Kayle (The Cooking Actress) October 21, 2012 at 9:52 am

I am now soooo curious about Pastel de Nata!!


Katie October 21, 2012 at 10:05 am

This sounds like an amazing dish! I love the phyllo dough crust – so flaky and wonderful!


Heather @girlichef October 21, 2012 at 10:09 am

This sounds amazing! And my hubby would go crazy for it, he LOVES Nata. Reminds him of growing up :D


Susan October 21, 2012 at 11:23 am

I’ve never heard of Portuguese custard tart, but this looks amazing and I love that you used filo dough!


Patti October 21, 2012 at 11:29 am

Oh my gosh Isabel, I am so making this! Is this like the little tarts that the bakeries make?


Megan October 21, 2012 at 1:29 pm

OH WOW!! I am 1/8 portuguese and my Nanny never made me this pie! I will have to make it in her honor. Thank you for sharing Isabel


Bea October 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Yes, cancel awareness is so important – it is such a horrible disease. I have two close friends who have fought breastcancer and the impact from treatment changed them forever. But yes, they beat it! It is such a battle and #bakingforacure is such a wonderful way to raise awareness!!’

The Pastel de Nata sounds amazing. I will have to work on it to see if it an be made dairyfree :)

Thank you, Isabel. ~ Bea


Tammi October 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm

You really do know how to make someone “WANT” to go and make a dish!! I think this is something I could really do! Happy #SundaySupper!


Nancy @ gottagetbaked October 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I’ve never had this pie before but if it’s so strongly endorsed by you, Isabel, I’m sure it’s amazing. Your pie looks beautiful – Reis is quite the excellent baker!


Hezzi-D October 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I’ve never seen a Portuguese custard tart before but now you have me intrigued!


veronica gantley October 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I love that you used phylo dough for the crust. It is wonderful for those of us who are crust challenged. This looks like a wonderful recipe.


Pam @ The Meltaways October 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

beautiful and delicious! I only hope my son will have as much fun in the kitchen with me when he gets a little older!


Kathia Rodriguez October 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I can’t wait to try this recipe, looks delicious.


Dara October 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Love this tart. I appreciate a new use of phylo dough, I keep some at all times in my freezer.


The Wimpy Vegetarian October 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I am totally making this. It’s perfect for this time of year with the cinnamon, and I’ve been wanting to make a pie with phyllo. And I just love your photo!!


Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out October 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I studied abroad in Spain during my sophomore year of college. While I was there, I took the opportunity to spend a long weekend in Lisboa…and you better believe I made sure to try Pastel de nata! WOW so good! It was at the top of the list of amazing things I ate while in Europe. I’ve been wanting to remake it for a while now, so I am definitely going to have to investigate your recipe!


Carla October 21, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I like the idea of using phyllo instead of pie crust! I’ve been wanting to expand my knowledge on different cuisines, so looks like I found myself a nice Portuguese dish to try.


Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) October 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Yum… I don’t think I’ve ever tried this before but I wish I had!


Faye Leong October 22, 2012 at 1:16 am

Thank for sharing with us this Portuguese recipe, the Pastel de Nata looks good and I am adding it in my trial list! Cancer awareness is indeed important, especially to us ladies. Food intake also play an important role. I have lost total of 3 family members (my parents and my eldest brother). Glad to hear you share your care to your cancer patient friend as “caring” will be an incentive to her now. Wish a full recovery for your friend.


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Sounds like a delicious pie. I have not had very much Portuguese food in my life, I need to change that! Best of luck to your friend and her family!


Conni Smith October 23, 2012 at 2:59 am

Isabel, you are really turning me on to Portuguese cooking! This pie looks great. The crust is awesome!


Sarah October 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I love custard. I’m so happy to hear Reid has taken to cooking and just let’s his imagination flow! I would love to try this tart. You should make some for us at the retreat next year. :)


Alex October 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I’m Portuguese and one of many IN LOVE with “pastel de nata”. There’s even a “menu” in many cafés, where you get a discount when you have an espresso and a pastel de nata [oh, what a difficult thing to do...]

I love going out and have a hot one. Most people like sprinkling it with cinnamon. I like it plain, though.

If you ever come to Portugal, you have to go to Lisbon and try “Pasteis de Belém”. They are similar to the pastel de nata, but the recipe is slightly different (and secret!)


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