Quick Portuguese Style Custard Tarts

Course Dessert
Cuisine Portuguese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 202kcal


  • Butter for greasing
  • 40 g custard powder
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 medium egg yolks
  • 500 ml whole milk
  • 50 g California Walnuts chopped
  • 320 g pack ready rolled puff pastry


  • Preheat the oven to 220oC, gas mark 7. Butter a 12 hole muffin tin.
  • Place the custard powder, sugar, ¼ tsp cinnamon and vanilla in a medium saucepan and blend in the egg yolks and milk. Gently heat until just boiling, stirring until thickened, stir in half the Walnuts and set aside.
  • Cut the pastry in half and place 1 half on top of the other, sprinkle with ¼ tsp cinnamon and roll up tightly from the long edge like a Swiss roll. Cut this into 12 equal slices.
  • Flatten each pastry round with the palm of your hand and roll out to a 10cm circle then press into the prepared tin. Fill each with the custard.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Allow to cool before removing from the tin and sprinkle with extra cinnamon and remaining Walnuts.


Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4.2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5.1g | Fibre: 1g | Sugar: 6g


Cooks tip
Great served warm with a little cream.
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