These are delicious Portuguese Custard Tarts.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C.) Lightly grease 12 muffin cups and line bottom and sides with puff pastry.

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  • In a saucepan, combine milk, cornstarch, sugar and vanilla. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Place egg yolks in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk 1/2 cup of hot milk mixture into egg yolks. Gradually add egg yolk mixture back to remaining milk mixture, whisking constantly. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes, or until thickened. Remove vanilla bean.

  • Fill pastry-lined muffin cups with mixture and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and filling is lightly browned on top

Nutrition Facts

335.9 calories; protein 5g 10% DV; carbohydrates 38.7g 13% DV; fat 18.2g 28% DV; cholesterol 104mg 35% DV; sodium 114.2mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2006
The traditional way to line the cups is to take the sheet of puff pastry and roll it into a loaf, then cut slices and place the in the cups, pressing down so that the dough flattens and there is a bit of a rim of thicker pastry at the top. That way they come out with very crispy and flaky shells. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/13/2011
I don't think I've ever rated anything one star before. Really a failure all around. I used my stoneware muffin pan cut the rounds of dough & rolled them out 1. the dough never cooked on the bottom resulting in a doughy blob. 2. We salvaged the custard and it is just okay. Way too sweet strange texture too eggy bland flavor. Would have preferred a pudding-like consistency. Won't make again and I love sweets & pastries! Read More
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  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2006
The traditional way to line the cups is to take the sheet of puff pastry and roll it into a loaf, then cut slices and place the in the cups, pressing down so that the dough flattens and there is a bit of a rim of thicker pastry at the top. That way they come out with very crispy and flaky shells. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2008
I grew up eating these custards in Macau (a Portuguese colony) so i came in as a tough critique. This was my first time however actually make this, for some reason i though it would be really hard, but i was amazed how easy it was. My whole family loved them, they were gone in several hours. My only suggestion is to use the paper muffin liners. I sprayed half my pan and used the muffin liners for the other half and the greased ones stuck pretty bad, but the paper was great. I also used trader Joes puff pastry and just cut squares for ease... They looked a little different than the authentic ones, but the taste is excellent. I will definitely make again. Oh.. I also used a half tsp of vanilla instead of the vanilla bean. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2006
Excellent recipe! I used mini muffin cups the filling was enough for 30 and I used 1 and a half packages of puff pastry. Everyone wanted the recipe. The smaller "pasteis" were just perfect for a sweet table. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2005
mmmmm. THese were soo good. I was doubtful because the recipe looked so easy but they were gone in 10 minutes. I didn't have a vanilla pod so I used 2 tsp vanilla essence which was fine. I used the best ever pie crust from this site and this worked really well. I was tempted to find a pie crust recipe which had sugar in it but this one is perfect (and soo easy) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2007
This is just like the ones my grandmother would get that were imported on special holidays; I gave her one and my mom and and aunt and they loved them! I actually topped them with fresh raspberries and the flavours whent together perfectly! My grandma told me to call her the next time I make them so we can do it together. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2006
Easy to make and yummy too. The sweetness blended very well with the puff pastry. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/23/2005
I had these in Europe and was dying to make them at home. The custard is very delicious and very easy to prepare. The puff pastry was a bit tricky and time-consuming to work with in the muffin cups. I think I will attempt to use another type of pastry that has a bit more of a delicate and flakier texture like of the one's I experienced in Europe. Nonetheless these custard tarts were yummy and I will make them again just gotta find that perfect pastry to compliment the custard. Obrigado! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2003
These are just like the Pasteis I get from the bakery down the street.. They are so yummy and easy to make. I love Portuguese food being 100% Portuguese myself. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/13/2011
I don't think I've ever rated anything one star before. Really a failure all around. I used my stoneware muffin pan cut the rounds of dough & rolled them out 1. the dough never cooked on the bottom resulting in a doughy blob. 2. We salvaged the custard and it is just okay. Way too sweet strange texture too eggy bland flavor. Would have preferred a pudding-like consistency. Won't make again and I love sweets & pastries! Read More
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