Pastéis de Natal (Pastéis de Belem) - Portuguese Custard Tarts

300g (2 cups) flour
250g (1/2 lb) margarine for puff pastry
Salt and water as needed

5dl (2 cups) cream
9 egg yolks
9 tablespoons sugar

Dilute the salt in the water and mix with flour, working the dough until it is smooth.
Roll out the dough and cover with a layer of margarine. Wrap the dough and repeat the operation until there is no margarine left.
Leave the dough rest for half an hour.
Cut into pieces and fill small individual shapes.

For the filling, beat egg yolks with sugar for a few minutes and bring to the boil in a water bath. Add the cream and go stir until it thickens. Set aside.
When the cream is cold, pour a tablespoon on each form lined with pastry.
Bake until dough is cooked and cream has browned.
Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and serve hot.

Personally, I would use unsalted butter instead of margarine, but that's a lot of cholesterol...

With a lot of help from the excellent and thanks to Sylvie Tavares Ferreira for the original recipe in Portuguese found on FaceBook (of all places!).


  1. Thanks so much for the recipe... I found this looking around the web for Portuguese food. Excited to try it out. I'm trying to brush up on my Portuguese cooking and learning Portuguese online (at ( -- it's helping with all my Portugal nostalgia.

  2. Thank you! And good luck with the nostalgia... :)


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