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12 Portugal Belem tarts (Milky filling on a crust) on cooling rack

Belém Tarts from Portugal

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  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Resting Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Cake, Cupcakes, Cookies and Tarts
  • Cuisine: Portuguese


Antiga Confeitaria de Belém’s egg tarts are called pastéis de Belém, not pastéis de natathe name is trademarked, and the original recipe is secret and I have read that only six people alive today has the original recipe, and that includes the three master bakers working behind closed doors at Secret Atelier.


Units Scale
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 115 g caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 400 ml of milk
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1 packet puff pastry


  • Lightly grease a 12 hole muffin pan and preheat oven to 230 °C.
  • Place the egg, egg yolks, sugar, and cornflour in a pot and mix well together, then slowly add in the milk until the mixture is smooth.
  • Place the pot on medium heat and stir all the time until the mixture thickens and comes to boil.
  • Remove pot from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • Roll the puff pastry out on a lightly floured surface.
  • Lightly sift some icing sugar and cinnamon mix on pastry.
  • Roll like a sausage and cut into 12 pieces.
  • Roll out each piece into a circle.
  • Place circles in a muffin pan.
  • Spoon in cooled custard and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Lower the heat to 200°C and bake another 15 minutes until golden brown.
  • Leave in pan for 5 minutes then move to a cooling rack.
  • Serve hot or cold, but I prefer it hot and fresh.


Just a last tip on this, make sure the circle of pastry stands a bit higher than the edge of the muffin pan because the custard pops up very high during the baking process.

Prepared, tried and tested by Davida De Bruyn
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Read the following very interesting 5 facts about the Belém Pastries.

History ●●●●● Since 1837 regarding Pastéis de Belém.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 84
  • Sugar: 10
  • Sodium: 31
  • Fat: 3
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 13
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 2
  • Cholesterol: 49
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