Pastel de Nata

Pastel de Nata Recipe

Transport yourself to the Algarve coast with this tasty and traditional Portuguese treat, Pastel de Nata, with a recipe courtesy of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts.


Dough: (you can use ready-made puff pastry for ease)

  • 250g flour
  • 100g water
  • Margarine


  • 500g milk
  • 75g flour
  • 17g Maizena cornflour
  • 500g sugar
  • 250g water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Rind of ½ lemon
  • 100g egg yolks
  • 50g eggs


  1. Mix the flours with a small amount of milk, boil the remainder of the milk and mix in well
  2. Make a paste with water, sugar and flavouring ingredients and boil for 2 minutes
  3. Mix the paste with the pre-prepared flours and milk. Leave to cool then add in the eggs
  4. Meanwhile, cut the puff pastry sheet into two pieces and place them on top of each other. Tightly roll the sheets into a log, from the short side
  5. Next, cut the log into 12 evenly sized pieces. Place one piece in each of the 12 wells of the muffin tin. Dipping your thumb in cold water first, press your thumb down into the centre of the dough piece and press outwards to form a cup with the pastry. The pastry cup should have its top edge just above the top of the well of the muffin tin
  6. Fill each pastry cup ¾ of the way to the top with custard
  7. Put the tray in the oven and bake until the custard starts to caramelise and the pastry turns golden brown (roughly 10-12 minutes)