Portuguese Egg Custard Tarts

PennyBy Penny  ,   

May 12, 2018

A nice variation

  • Prep: 40 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 18-24 Tarts


Flour to dust

2tblspn icing sugar , plus extra to sprinkle

1 pkt all butter puff pastry

250g golden caster sugar

2-3 strips lemon zest

cinnamon stick

2 eggs

4 egg yolks

50g cornflour

500ml milk

2tspns vanilla extract or tspn vanilla bean paste



1Mix the flour and icing sugar

2Dust your surface with this

3Roll out the pastry thinly

4Now roll up the pastry tightly along the wider side like a Swiss roll

5Cut discs of pastry about 2-2.5 cm wide

6Roll out gently and put in greased tart tins

7Put in the fridge to chill

8Put the sugar , lemon zest strips , cinnamon stick and 200ml water in a saucepan .

9Bring to the boil , then simmer gently until it start to thicken

10Take off the heat and allow to cool

11Put the eggs and egg yolks in a bowl , add the cornflour and whisk

12Heat the milk and vanilla do NOT allow to boil

13Pour into the bowl with the eggs and cornflour , whisking all the time

14Return to the pan and cook in a gentle heat , keep whisking

15As it starts to thicken add in the sugar syrup . The custard should get thick now .

16Remove from the heat

17Sieve the custard into the pastry cases

18Bake for 15 minutes until the pastry is golden and the custard has darkened

19Let the tarts cool in the tin

20Remove and sprinkle over sieved icing sugar and ground cinnamon

21Enjoy !


11 Reviews

Feed your family for about £20 a week.

May 13, 2018

Merriol , thank you ( the tarts are rather too nice ) . Thanks for the kind words about the page we like to think in some small way we’re helping others . P

Merriol Baldwin

May 13, 2018

And your Portuguese tarts look amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. This whole page is great and you should all feel very proud.

Feed your family for about £20 a week.

May 13, 2018

This is the one I used (375g) . P

Merriol Baldwin

May 13, 2018

Is that a particular brand, Penny? Sorry it’s just our local shop has two different sizes. X

Feed your family for about £20 a week.

May 13, 2018

Just a normal sized block but please use the all butter one . P

Feed your family for about £20 a week.

May 13, 2018

Merriol Baldwin

May 13, 2018

What size/weight of puff pastry packet please?


May 13, 2018

What weigh/size of puff pastry packet, please?

Kelly Davies

May 13, 2018

Megan Ann Meredith are these what you were on about x

Sezen Griffiths

May 13, 2018

Thank you for this! When I get my kitchen back, I’m in the middle of a refurb, this is the first thing I will do!!!

Anita Thompson

May 12, 2018

Mark Glouchkoff