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Pastéis de Nata

Can you resist a warm pastry? Neither can I… What about if it was filled with a smooth, vanilla-infused custard…I know! Impossible to resist. Well, his is the decadence that is the Portuguese Custard Pastry, the incredibly dreamy Pastéis de Nata!

I thought it would be intimidatingly difficult to create but nope, not when you have ready-made puff pastry and this is so easily available these days, introducing Woolworths and our wonderful smaller businesses like Farmstyle Pastry.

To create the custard, there are a few steps but they are easy enough to create, just prepare to create a few dishes. Trust me, for this delicious pastry, it’s totally worth it!

Try it out and let me know what you think! Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar 
  • 375g all butter puff pastry (I used the ready made puff pastry from Woolworths)
  • 250g golden caster sugar (I use the Natura Sugars brand)
  • 200ml water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 50g cornflour (Maizena)
  • 500ml milk 
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla pod (try the vanilla seed tub from Cab Foods)

Method:

  1. Mix the flour and icing sugar, and use this to dust the work surface. Roll the puff pastry out to make a 45 x 30cm rectangle. Roll up lengthways to create a long sausage shape.
  2. Cut the pastry into 24 wheels, approximately 1-2cm thick. Roll each wheel with a rolling pin to fit 2 x 12-hole cupcake tins. Lightly grease the cupcake pans and press the pastry circles into the tins, moulding it into the tins to make thin pastry cases. Pop into the fridge to chill until needed.
  3. Preheat the oven to 220C.
  4. Make a sugar syrup by bringing the sugar, water and cinnamon stick to the boil. Reduce until syrupy, then allow to cool. Once cooled, remove the cinnamon stick. Whisk the eggs, egg yolks, and cornflour until smooth in another saucepan.
  5. Heat the milk and vanilla pod seeds in a separate saucepan until just before it begins to boil. Gradually pour the hot milk over the eggs and cornflour, then cook on a low heat, continually whisking.
  6. Add the cooled sugar syrup to the eggs and milk mixture and whisk until slightly thickened.
  7. Pour the custard through a sieve to achieve a smooth texture. Pour into the pastry cases and bake for 15 minutes until the pastry is a lovely golden colour and the custard has darkened.
  8. Cool completely in the tins then remove and serve. You could serve with a sprinkle of icing sugar and cinnamon.
  9. Best to eat when it has been heated! Yum!

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White Chocolate and Strawberry Tartlets

This post was meant to uploaded during Ramadaan, as I attempted it then – sorry! 🙂

When I stumbled upon this recipe, I was totally sold – white chocolate and strawberries, who can resist??? I made this for dessert the weekend before Eid when I invited my family over for iftaar. My sister in-law Aquilah (AKA Keely) got a teeny weeny obsessed with the custard filling, scooping left overs and inserting it into cream filled eclairs  and anything else she could get her hands on, actually just eating the left overs with her hand 🙂 My nephew Zaydaan absolutely loves white chocolate and his favourite fruit is strawberries, the combination warranted a “I love you Aunty Saadiyah”. The heart shaped white chocolate inserted into the tartlets were just his  ever-end. Oh how I love that little boy 🙂

This was actually meant to be White Chocolate and Raspberry Tartlets, but with raspberries being out of season, strawberries had to just do the trick.

This is perfect for any special occasion and you can have fun and go wild decorating them.

Onto the recipe….

Ingredients:

– 25g cornflour

– 3 medium egg yolks

– 400ml milk

– 1 vanilla pos, slit lengthways

– 100g white chocolate, melted, plus 60g extra white hot chocolate, melted, for lining the pastry cases

– 100ml double cleam

– punnet of strawberries or 300g raspberries

For the pastry:

– 175g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

– 90g salted butter, cubed

– 20g caster sugar

 

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. To make the pastry – in a bowl, rub the flour and butter together with your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, add 2-3 tablespoons of cold water and bring together to form a soft dough. Wrap in cling film and chill for one hour.

2. Meanwhile, make the crème patissière. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornflour and egg yolks. The mixture will be stiff at first but it will become easier to mix. Place the milk and the vanilla pod in a pan over a medium heat. When it reaches a simmering point, strain over the egg mixture, whisking all the time (discard the vanilla pod). Stir in 100g of the melted chocolate and whisk well. Return the custard to the pan and heat gently until thickened, whisking all the time. Set aside to cool, covering the surface with cling film to prevent a skin forming.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to a 5mm thickness and use to line 6 × 10cm round ×2cm deep fluted tart tins, trimming any excess pastry. Line each with baking paper and beans and blind bake for 15 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and bake for a further 5 minutes until cooked and golden. Carefully remove the patsry cases from the tins and cool on a wire rack.

4. Once cool, brush the remaining melted chocolate into the tart cases in 2 coats, chilling between each coat.

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5. Whisk the cream to just stiff peaks and fold into the white chocolate custard.

6. Fill each tart case with the custard and top with strawberries/raspberries or anything else you’re in the mood for really 🙂

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This is a bad picture but I love the heart shadow :)

This is a bad picture but I love the heart shadow 🙂

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