Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Scrumptious...Pasteis de nata

A warm welcome to you, dear friends...♥
I hope you'll join me for a lovely cup of tea this morning...
and perhaps one or two of these scrumptious little tartlets...?

Ever since I first tasted these delightful Portuguese custard tarts, I have loved them...
The other morning I thought it would be a good idea to whip up something delicious for teatime
and then remembered I had a recipe for these lovelies somewhere...

What I love about Pasteis de nata is that they are not too sweet...
Perhaps I may be considered strange, but I do not have much of a sweet tooth and generally would choose a savoury treat over a sweet one...these are an exception...{{Smiles}}


 A little history about Pasteis de nata...
 
Pastéis de nata were created before the 18th century by Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém, in Lisbon, Portugal.
These monks were originally based in France and loved these pastries which could be found in local French bakeries. 
At the time, convents and monasteries used large quantities of egg-whites for starching of clothes, such as nuns' habits. 
It was quite common for monasteries and convents to use the leftover egg yolks to make cakes and pastries, resulting in the proliferation of sweet pastry recipes throughout the country.
Following the extinction of the religious orders and in the face of the impending closing of many of the convents and monasteries in the aftermath of the Liberal Revolution of 1820, the monks started selling pastéis de nata at a nearby sugar refinery to secure some revenue. 
In 1834 the monastery was closed and the recipe was sold to the sugar refinery, whose owners in 1837 opened the Fábrica de Pastéis de Belém. 
The descendents own the business to this day.
Since 1837, locals and visitors to Lisbon have visited the bakery to purchase fresh from the oven pastéis, sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar.
Source:  Wikipedia
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And now of course you would like the recipe...you will be surprised at how simple they are to make and how very delicious they are...
 
  Portuguese Custard Tarts
Recipe Courtesy:  Fresh Living Magazine, April 2013 
 Makes 12-16 Tartlets
1 roll puff pastry
1tsp castor sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Custard Filling:
2tbsp (30ml) cake flour
2 cups (500ml) fresh full cream milk
1/4 cup (60ml) cream
4 free-range egg yolks
1/4 cup (55g) brown sugar
Pinch salt
Zest of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp (5ml) vanilla essence

Preheat oven to 290 degrees Celsius.
Roll out pastry thinly and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
Rightly roll pastry into a sausage and cut into 1cm rings.
Press each pastry round into base and up sides of each cup of a greased muffin pan.
Chill.

Filling:
Mix flour into a paste with a little milk and combine with remaining ingredients in a saucepan.
Stir over a gentle heat until custard thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
Don't boil mixture.
Remove from the heat and strain through a fine sieve if need be.
Cool.
Pour filling into pastry lined muffin cups until 3/4 full.
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden.
Remove tartlets from pan, cool and serve. 

 

Pasteis de nata are best eaten straight from the oven and served with either coffee or tea...hmmm... ♥
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We decided to have a mini tea party...everyday is a good day for tea party, wouldn't you agree?
And a tea time treat is a wonderful incentive for little ladies to complete their tasks diligently and cheerfully too...{{Smiles}}

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 Wishing you a happy new week, dear readers...
Do you have any special plans for the upcoming week?

13 comments:

Sylvia said...

I would love to join you for a cup of tea and enjoy one (or 2) of those tarts, Kelly-Anne! Sweet fellowship and sweet eats, you just can't beat that.
Wishing you a happy week also.

Hugs,Sylvia

Bonnie Smithies said...

Plans for the coming week... hmmm.... my sisters and I are 'manning' the house since Mum's in hospital with baby. Also I've got the usual things... work, orchestra rehearsals, studying etc. Lots of fun. :) This week is a bit crazy lol! Our grandparents are coming down soon so that will be great.

Elizabeth said...

What a lovely, tasty post, my friend! I also so enjoyed reading the history of these little tartlets...thank you for sharing that as well! I simply must make these sometime! I'm thinking a little Autumn afternoon tea would be lovely, once the weather gets really cool and crisp, and all the decorations are out! These would be such a wonderful addition to the menu! You had me at puff pastry...anything with that stuff is absolutely heavenly ♥

Like you, I don't always have a sweet tooth, but I've got to say, you've got me craving these! Aren't they so adorably cute as well {{smiles}}

Hope you have a delightful day! Thank you so very much for your email this morning...it was such a blessing to read this day!

Thinking of you....expect an email from me soon!

Lots of love!

Mari said...

They are so pretty and sound delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

Cecilia Bramhall said...

mmm, they look delicious! Thank you, Kelly-Anne, for sharing the recipe. They sound like the perfect teatime treat! I enjoyed reading about their history as well. Hope your week is going well. I'm off in the morning to the farm with a friend. We're going to the big Market Trade days that happen once a month. It's lots of fun. Have a wonderful rest of the week!
hugs and love,
Cecilia

Kelly-Anne said...

Aww, thank you for your sweet visit, Bonnie! Always a delight to have you stop by...
Has Little One been born? Oh, I am so excited for your family! Enjoy this wonderfully, busy week!
Hugs and love to you!

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh, I know you would enjoy these, Mari!
And I must just thank you for your kind visits...have a beautiful Wednesday!
Hugs!

Stephanie said...

Sweetest friend, what a delightful post! Your photos have my mouth watering for some of these tasty little treats. Oh, how I would LOVE to join you for a cup of tea, a sweet treat, and precious fellowship.

Thank you, dear one, for sharing the recipe. May you have a most beautiful day! Love and hugs!

Margie said...

Every day is definitely a good day for a tea party!

I'm a huge fan of Portuguese tarts and enjoyed reading their interesting history.

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Oh my goodness, I agree with you so much about preferring savory over sweet, that is my downfall too! I will be writing down this recipe, and giving it a try! Your tea sounds absolutely delightful, and so enjoyable to be able to enjoy each other's company in such a special way! A great way to encourage the little ones to finish their chores, I agree! You are always so industrious, what a blessing you are to your family! Hugs to you today dear Kelly-Anne :)

Cheryl said...

Oh, how wonderful these sound and look!! I love the fact that they don't have much sugar, too. I went off white refined sugar in 2007, so I am very conscious of that when I look at a recipe! I could use stevia in place of the white sugar, and I wonder if possibly I could use honey instead of the brown sugar...hmmm...I will have to think about that. Honey definitely changes the consistency, but many times, it works as a substitute, and it is SO good for the body. :) Thank you ever so much for sharing this, sweet friend!!

Paige said...

These look so yummy and it was fun to read the history!

Olivia Bell said...

Wow! These look really yummy! I haven't heard of them before I don't think, I'll have to print the recipe and try it sometime! Thank you for the "before back to school" history lesson, that was neat! {{smiles}} How sweet!