The Pastel de Nata’s history dates back over 300 years, to Jerónimos Monastery in Belém, west of Lisbon.
Are egg tarts Chinese or Portuguese?
It’s not technically a Chinese native, however. Custard egg tarts have been a British confectionary since the medieval times and Portuguese pasteis de nata have been around since the 18th century, first made by Catholic monks in Belém, Portugal.
Can you reheat Portuguese custard tarts?
Once they are cool enough to handle, remove the custard tarts from the tins and enjoy them warm! To reheat these tarts, preheat the oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees F, and heat them for 7-10 minutes until warmed through.
What is the difference between a custard tart and a Portuguese custard tart?
There is one major difference though as far as the English and the Portuguese versions are concerned: the English custard tart is made of crust pastry and topped with nutmeg, while the Portuguese pasteis de nata is made with puff pastry and topped with cinnamon.
How were Portuguese custard tarts developed?
They were supposedly first made in the 13th century by monks in the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon. Legend says the monks had been based in France, where they learned of delectable pastries, and that they needed a way to use up the yolks separated from the egg whites that were used to starch clothing.