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Portuguese Custard Tarts

Get ready to fall in love with these heavenly tarts that are as flaky as a croissant and as creamy as a custard pie. These Portuguese tarts are truly the ultimate treat!

Tasty Team
95% would make again

Under 30 minutes

Portuguese Custard Tarts

Under 30 minutes


for 12 servings

  • 1 ⅓ cups caster sugar (270 g)
  • ½ cup water (160 mL)
  • 1 stick cinammon sticks
  • 1 cup milk (250 mL)
  • ½ cup double cream (150 mL)
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup corn flour (30 g)
  • 18 oz puff pastry (500 g)

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 338
  • Fat 23g
  • Carbs 24g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugar 1g
  • Protein 8g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Preheat oven to 220°C (425°F).
  2. In a small pan, place the sugar, water, and cinnamon stick. Simmer for 3 minutes and set aside.
  3. Combine milk and cream in a saucepan and place over a medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil, then remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. To a large bowl, add the egg yolks, whole egg, vanilla extract, and corn flour. Whisk until fully combined and no lumps remain.
  5. Temper the egg mixture by introducing the hot milk and cream in two 100 milliliter batches, then whisk.
  6. Return mixture to the saucepan and place over a low-medium heat. Whisk continually until mixture thickens. Turn off heat.
  7. Remove cinnamon stick from the syrup and slowly trickle into the custard, whisking continually.
  8. Lightly flour a work surface and cut puff pastry into 12 equal pieces.
  9. To a lightly greased muffin tin, push each piece of puff pastry down and up into the sides of the muffin holes until evenly distributed.
  10. Pour custard into each muffin tin so each one is three quarters full. Bake for 16-20 minutes until golden and brown.
  11. Serve warm with a dusting of icing sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  12. Enjoy!
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Portuguese Custard Tarts