Recipe - Portuguese Custard Tarts

Portuguese Custard Tarts by Foodland Recipe Kitchen

Preparation Time: 25 Mins
Cooking Time: 40 Mins
Serves: 12 Tarts


  • 1 packet Careme butter puff pastry
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pure pouring cream
  • ¾ cup full cream milk
  • Extra ground cinnamon for serving


  • Baking Paper
  • Cling Wrap
  • Saucepan
  • Spatula
  • 12-hole Muffin Tin


1. Allow the pastry to defrost until easy to unroll, but not soft.

2. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together then sprinkle over the
surface of the pastry.

3. Firmly roll up the pastry starting from the short end to encase the
sugar and cinnamon. Wrap in baking paper, chill until firm.

4. To prepare the custard, put the egg yolks, whole egg, sugar, cornflour
and vanilla in a saucepan, whisk together until smooth, gradually
adding cream and milk.

5. Place saucepan over gentle heat; cook stirring frequently with a
spatula. Continue until the mixture thickens but do not boil. Remove
from heat, cover surface with cling wrap to prevent a skin from
forming and leave to cool.

6. Preheat oven to 200°C. Lightly grease a 12-hole muffin tin.

7. Take pastry roll from the fridge and cut into 12 x 2.5cm rounds.

8. Working quickly, place pastry rounds in muffin holes then using
your thumbs work the pastry upwards to line the mould. You
may need to lightly flour your fingers. Repeat this process with all
12 pastry rounds.

9. Pour prepared custard into pastry cases, filling to the top.

10. Place into preheated oven, cook for 20-25 minutes or until pastry and
custard is golden.

11. Leave the tarts to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then transfer tarts to a
wire rack to cool completely.

12. Serve with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.