Easiest Pastel de Nata (Egg Tart) Recipe

Updated: Apr 1

The long -awaited recipe is here for The Tamad Cook version of "Pastel de Nata".

These Portuguese custard tarts are dangerously delicious. You might think that one would be enough, but only if you’ve never tried one. Because there’s something addictive about the combo of blistered, caramelized custard and flaky golden brown puff pastry.

I went to Portugal December 2021 which I will share with you in another post. This is where I was able to taste the original egg custard which is called Pastel de Belem. I learned this from the tour we took using Viator.

The first recipe of the Pastel de Belém was created in 1837 by the monks of the emblematic Jerónimos Monastery. To date, the recipe is kept secret and therefore becomes a true specialty! Thus, only at the Fábrica Pastéis de Belém, the family pastry with more than 100 years where they are made, you will find the original Pastéis de Belém. Only there these little custard tarts can be called that since its name was even patented!

Since we are lazy (hence the tamad cook), here's a hack on how to make the famous pastry using the following items and ingredients.

  • Prep Time: 7 mins

  • Cook Time: 30 mins

  • Total Time: ~40 minutes

  • Yield: 6 servings

Items Needed:

  1. Baking pan. I like the brown copper baking pans from CopperKitchen which you can purchase at Amazon. Click the link below to purchase.

2. Hand mixer.

3. Spatula.

4. Mixing bowl

Ingredients below:

NOTE: Adjust the recipe according to how many serving you wish to make

  1. Dough - Ready Made Egg Tarts ( you can purchase this from Instacart)

2. Custard - Ready made Philadelphia Cheesecake "No bake" Filling + 1 Egg ( I use Vital Eggs)

3. Sugar or sugar substitute like Stevia

4. Brown sugar for the topping

5. Powdered sugar


1. Set your oven to 375 degrees F

2. Lay out your egg tarts on the baking pan.

3. Add an egg yolk only into your mixing bowl

4. Scoop some cheesecake filling (~ 1 cup) and fold it into the beaten egg Add sugar to the mixture to your liking

5. Once incorporated fully, add them into the tart molds

6. Sprinkle brown sugar on top

7. Put the tarts in the oven

8. Bake for 17 - 23 minutes

9. Towards the end, set oven to broil to "burn" the sugar topping dark brown


Here's a video you can watch to see the process.


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