Custard in Puff Pastry Shells Custard in Puff Pastry Shells

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Share a specialty often found in Canada in Portuguese bakeries. The lemon-scented custard tarts are called Past? de nata.

  • Portion size 12 servings
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Working with half of the dough at a time, roll out to 14- x 10-inch (35 x 25 cm) rectangle. With 4-1/2-inch (11 cm) round cookie cutter, cut out circles; press into 12 muffin cups. Line with foil; fill with pie weights or dried beans. Freeze until hard, about 15 minutes. Bake in bottom third of 425°F (220°C) oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until rims are light gold. Remove foil and weights; let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in microwaveable 4-cup (1 L) bowl, whisk together cream, egg yolks, granulated sugar, flour and lemon rind. Microwave at Medium (50 per cent) for about 8 minutes or until consistency of pudding, whisking 3 times. (Or cook in saucepan over medium heat, whisking almost constantly, for about 10 minutes.) Strain into bowl; let cool for 5 minutes.

Pour into shells. Broil 6 inches (15 cm) from heat for 3 minutes or until custard has dark brown spots and pastry is browned. Let cool on rack for 15 minutes.

Remove from pan. Refrigerate until custard is firm, about 4 hours. (Make-Ahead: Tarts can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day.)

To serve, sprinkle with icing sugar.

Nutritional facts <b>Per tart:</b> about

  • Sodium 83 mg
  • Protein 5 g
  • Calories 318.0
  • Total fat 19 g
  • Cholesterol 135 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 33 g


  • Iron 3.0
  • Folate 5.0
  • Calcium 5.0
  • Vitamin A 11.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
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Custard in Puff Pastry Shells