Portuguese Custard Tarts on Art Dec Plate

Portuguese Custard Tarts

  • Author: foodnerd4life
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


You can make your own puff pastry, but life is a little too short.



  • 3 Large Free-Range Egg Yolks
  • 125g Caster Sugar
  • 30g Cornflour
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 175ml full-fat milk or what you have in the fridge but full fat is luxurious
  • 225ml Double Cream
  • 300g Ready-Rolled Puff Pastry
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 25g Extra Caster Sugar
  • Icing Sugar, for dusting


  1. Oven to 180C. Grease the wells of a 12-hole muffin tray with butter. This will help to crispen the pastry.
  2. In a pan, heat the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour over a low to medium heat, whisking continuously until thickened and well combined.
  3. Add the vanilla extract, then add the milk and cream in a thin stream, whisking continuously, until the mixture is thick, smooth and well combined. Continue to stir the custard mixture until it comes to the boil, then remove from the heat and cover the surface with cling film. Allow cooling completely.
  4. Roll out the puff pastry onto a clean work surface lightly dusted with icing sugar. Cut the pastry in half and place one sheet on top of the other. Roll the pastry sheets up like a Swiss roll and cut the roll into twelve slices. Lay each of the rolled pastry slices flat onto the work surface and roll out into 10cm discs using a rolling pin.
  5. Press a pastry disc into each of the wells of the prepared muffin tray. Divide the cooled custard equally among the pastry cases. Sprinkle with cinnamon and caster sugar.
  6. Bake the tarts for 18-20 minutes, or until the custard has set and is pale golden-brown and the pastry is crisp and golden-brown. Allow to cool in the tin until just warm and enjoy with a strong coffee.

  • Category: Desserts, Pastries
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Portuguese

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