Portuguese Custard Tarts (Pasteis de Nata)
These world-famous Portuguese custard tarts are characterized by a crispy, flaky, buttery crust surrounding a creamy custard that's sometimes infused with cinnamon and lemon. Chef John's recipe starts with simple ingredients to make the dough, which you'll roll, fold, and butter multiple times to get the crust right. Make sure to let it chill for at least 2 hours. In the meantime, simply boil sugar with water and optional cinnamon and lemon zest to create the syrup, which is added to the custard base. Then cut the dough into 12 pieces; they should be marked by the characteristic spiral resulting from those folds of butter you created. Finally, you'll stretch and push the dough into muffin cups, fill them with custard, and bake at 550 F, or as hot your oven goes. Get Chef John's recipe for Portuguese Custard Tarts (Pasteis de Nata).