Custard egg tart or “Pastel de Nata”
Traditional Portuguese custard egg tart.
Maybe the most iconic Portuguese cake. The custard egg tart, or in Portuguese “Pastel de Nata”, is one of the cakes available in all pastry shops in Portugal every day.
The custard egg tart it’s one of the favorite cakes of the Portuguese, but not only of the Portuguese people, but also of all tourists who visit us daily.
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About the custard egg tart:“Pastéis de nata” or custard egg tart were created before the 18th century by Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery (Portuguese: Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém, in Lisbon. At the time, convents and monasteries used large quantities of egg-whites for starching of clothes, such as nuns’ habits. It was quite common for monasteries and convents to use the leftover egg yolks to make cakes and pastries, resulting in the proliferation of sweet pastry recipes throughout the country.
Following the extinction of the religious orders and in the face of the impending closing of many of the convents and monasteries in the aftermath of the Liberal Revolution of 1820, the monks started selling “pastéis de nata” at a nearby sugar refinery to secure some revenue. In 1834 the monastery was closed and the recipe was sold.
Today, the custard egg tart, they can be purchased in many places all over the world, in bakeries, and sold in many hotels etc.
“Pastéis de nata” were introduced in China after gaining their popularity in Macau when this Special Administrative Region was under the Portuguese government. In Chinese they became known as 葡挞 (simplified) or 葡撻 (traditional), which in pinyin can be read as pútà (with the similar ending sound of the Portuguese word nata), meaning Portuguese tart. This is different to 蛋撻 , or dàntà, which is referred to Hong Kong style egg tarts, which is also enjoyed widely in Hong Kong style bakeries and restaurants. Fast food restaurants chains (such as Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald’s) include the dàntà as desserts since the 1990s, which facilitated their acceptance in other Asian countries: Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan (popularized by franchises) and the other Chinese SAR, Hong Kong.
Nowadays “Pastéis de Nata” can be learned through pastry classes in the Portuguese capital or cooking schools. The “Pastéis de Nata” were mentioned by The Guardian as the 15th most tasty delicacy in the world.