Inspired by “A Taste of Portugal” on Hallmark Channel
This movie was a culinary tour of Portugal! During a tour of a local market, the pasteis de nata was a highlight that I just had to make! It’s reminds me of a little creme’ brûlée wrapped in a buttery pastry.
-frozen puff pastry
-3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
-1 1/4 cups milk
-1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
-2/3 cup water
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
-6 large egg yolks whisked
-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a small bowl, separate your egg yolks and egg whites. Only use the yolks. Whisk them up.
In a large bowl, whisk 1/4 cup of the milk with the flour (save the remaining 1 cup of milk for later). Set aside.
In a small sauce pot, heat up milk and pour into flour mixture.
In another small sauce pot, heat sugar and water until it comes to a boil. Slowly pour into flour mixture and stir for 2 minutes. Add vanilla and cinnamon.
Slowly stir in egg yolks and whisk briskly. Strain through a sieve and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
In the meantime. Make sure your pastry dough is brought to room temperature so that it’s pliable. Open up the sheets of dough and cut into large squares.
Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray and create a cup out of each square of dough. You may need to stretch it into the shape of the muffin tin.
Pour about 3/4 cup of chilled filling into each cup. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes until dough is golden and filling is no longer liquid. Let them cool for 25 minutes before removing from tin. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!