Recipe: Linda de Abreu
Today we not only share the recipe, but we also take you to Belém, the birthplace of our irresistible Portuguese custards tarts.
This is one of those delicacies that you buy at the end of your holiday to take home so your friends and family can share in the deliciousness and confectionery perfection.
Total Time: 60 mins
Course: Pastries and sweets, Desserts
Pastéis de Nata was originally known as Pastéis de Belém. An English version of the name is Portuguese custard tarts.
Pastéis de Nata is known as one of the seven wonders of Portuguese cuisine! Subsequently, the Portuguese custard tarts are probably Portugal’s most popular pastry, and most famous.
There is a beautiful narrative associated with Pastéis de Nata.
Way back in history, as in the early 14th century, there were many seafarers in transit. It was also a time when the nuns and monks needed to supplement their income to survive. The Monks of the military-religious Order of Christ lived in a church on the same premises in Belém. So, they decided to make a variety of desserts. They came up with plenty of monastic recipes, of which Pastéis de Nata / Portuguese custard tarts was one. The original name Pastéis de Belém was after the name of the region where they lived.
The mouth-watering pastries were provided to the seafarers.
Soon, Pastéis de Nata / Portuguese custard tarts grew in popularity and were sought after. Subsequently, the recipe was passed on through generations. Today, it is known across the world.
Today you can go into the original patisserie, still in operation. Or you can visit their website. Pastéis de Belém sits adjacent to the old monastery at Rua de Belém nº 84 to 92, 1300 – 085 Lisbon, Portugal.
It’s more than just a patisserie. Allow sufficient time to spend an hour or two to sit down at any one of the beautiful table settings, and take it all in. Enjoy the moment.
If you are in Lisbon, there is not much distance between you and scrumptious Pastéis de Nata / Portuguese custard tarts! Getting it anywhere in the world is simply not the same as enjoying it right there. Namely, at the actual location where it all started.
Belém sits only 5km to the west of central Lisbon. Hop on the number 15 tram from Praça do Comércio. Fifteen minutes later you’ll be in Belém.
Due to Belém being so close to Lisbon city, you might as well stay in Lisbon itself.