Saturday, January 30, 2010

Pasteis de Nata

A few days ago I received an email from J. Crew that featured information about their newest catalog, Spring Awakening, which was shot in Portugal. As always I was inspired by the clothes, but this time, the unbelievable backdrop of Portugal was the real scene stealer. One thing that really caught my eye were the Pasteis de Nata, a custard and pastry treat that has quite a history in Portugal. I found a recipe on Algarve Buzz and without ever really having had an interest in pastries or dessert making I decided to give it a try. Not only were the pastries out of this world delicious, but they were tons of fun to make.

Here they are just before they went in the oven.


And here's the finished product. They could be a bit puffier...and burnt. Jeremy made a few yesterday and brought them to me at lunch, his were burnt and were scrumptious.


**With the left over custard I made pancakes with custard filling. Kind of like a mix between an eclair and a half baked pancake. Jeremy thought it was a bit strange but ate his anyway. I thought it was a bit strange as well, but that just made me love it even more.

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