Portuguese Tarts

Easy Portuguese Custard Tarts recipe made with fresh custard from scratch that you can use in so many recipes.

Portuguese Custard Tarts are so popular because they are the perfect bite of creamy flavoured custard and flaky pastry. Make your own custard from scratch, then once chilled add finely grated lemon zest and ground cinnamon to bring out those loved flavours. Use puff pastry to make the tart base these egg custard tarts are best served warm. .


Basic Custard

  • 300ml pure cream
  • 300ml milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 75g (1/3 cup) caster sugar

Portuguese tarts

  • 2 sheets puff pastry, just thawed
  • 1 quantity basic custard, chilled
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Basic Custard

  1. Combine cream and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to just a simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk yolks, cornflour, vanilla and sugar together in a large heatproof bowl. Gradually whisk in the hot cream mixture until smooth.
  3. Return mixture to cleaned saucepan and place over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until custard thickens and thickly coats the back of a spoon. Set aside to cool slightly.

The Tarts

  1. Preheat oven to 210°C/190°C fan-forced. Lightly spray 18 holes of two 12-hole, 1/3 cup (80ml) capacity muffin tins with oil
  2. Cut each pastry sheet in half to form 2 long rectangles and place on top of each other to make 2 stacks. Starting from a long side, roll up each pastry stack to form a log. Cut each log into 9 slices
  3. Flatten each pastry disc out in the palm of your hand with your fingers until about 3mm thick. Press the pastry into the prepared muffin moulds and chill for 20 minutes (this helps to prevent pastry shrinkage)
  4. Stir lemon zest and cinnamon into custard. Spoon custard into pastry cases. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until custard is golden and pastry is golden and crisp. Set aside in tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Best served warm