Portuguese Custard Tarts

Portuguese Custard Tarts on a plate

Try these typical Portuguese Custard Tarts. Filled with a delicious cream sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, it’s impossible to resist.

Portuguese Custard Tarts on a plate

Servings:: 12 units
Prep Time:30 m
Cook Time:45 m
Total Time:1:15 h
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Units: Metric (Units: US)


  • 400 grams (14 ounces) puff pastry
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 200 grams (about 1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 450 ml (2 cups) milk
  • Peel of one lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Cinnamon and powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Grease muffin pans with margarine.
  2. Place the puff pastry over a table dusted with flour. Dust the pastry with a little more flour and roll out the pastry into a rectangle shape with a rolling pin. Roll the pastry from one end to the other and cut in round slices with 4 centimeters (1 1/2 inches). Put the slices within the muffin pans and press the center of the pastry with fingers until fill completely the muffin pans, set aside.
  3. In a bowl, dissolve the corn starch in 50 ml (1/4 cup) milk.
  4. In a saucepan, pour the remaining milk, lemon peel, cinnamon stick, the dissolved corn starch and sugar. Stir and bring to low heat, stirring occasionally. When starts boiling, remove the lemon peel and the cinnamon stick (reserve both). Turn off the heat and add the egg yolks one by one, stirring constantly. Add the lemon peel and the cinnamon stick and place back over low heat until obtain a creamy mixture, about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF).
  6. Turn off the heat, remove the lemon peel and the cinnamon stick and pour the cream in the muffin pans. Bake for about 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, unmold and let cool. Sprinkle with cinnamon and powdered sugar and serve.
Portuguese Custard Tarts
Nutrition facts
Serves 12 units
Per Serving:
Calories 298
Total Fat 16 g(24%)
Saturated Fat 4.5 g(23%)
Cholesterol 108 mg(36%)
Sodium 105 mg(4%)
Total Carbohydrate 35.5 g(12%)
Protein 5 g

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