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Portuguese custard tarts recipe

These Portuguese custard tarts are just like the ones you buy in the shops, but are so much better when you can eat them warm from the oven. Makes 24. Find more on Kidspot New Zealand.



  • 2 sheet ready-rolled butter puff pastry
  • 4 tsp caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp cornflour
  • 4 tbsp custard powder
  • 4 cups milk
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ cups caster sugar (plus extra for sprinkling)
  • 1tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 180° fan-forced. Spray 2 x 12-cup muffin pans with cooking spray and set aside.

Cut one pastry sheet in half and sprinkle with 2 tsp of caster sugar. Place other half on top of the sugar and roll from the short edge into a log. Slice the log into 12 even rounds. Place rounds cut side up and use a rolling pin to roll flat to fit into the muffin tin holes. Repeat with second pastry sheet until both of the tins are filled with pastry. Refrigerate while making custard.

In a large saucepan, place cornflour, custard powder, milk and egg yolks and whisk until well combined. Place over a medium heat, continually whisking until the custard begins  to thicken. Add the sugar and whisk well until dissolved. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract.

Spoon 2 tablespoons of custard in each pastry cup and tap the tray on the bench to even the filling.

Bake for 20 minutes or until pastries are slightly browned and crisp. Cool on a wire rack to retain crispness.


  • These are perfect afternoon tea treats and you can make the custard and pastries ahead of time and bake them just before your guests arrive.
  • I add the sugar at the end to prevent it sticking to the pan.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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