Friday, July 24, 2009

portuguese egg tart attempt

mum got inspired after watching a bill granger episode where he used ready made puff pastry sheets to make tart crusts.
pastel de nata, or Pasteis de Belem [originally named] are puff pastry tarts filled with vanilla custard. I couldn't find much info about them in english. they're kinda like chinese egg tarts except that the pastry is puff, not shortcrust. and of cousre the distinctive patches of "burnt" custard skin.

the custard was made from scratch but it somehow didn't stay flat and smooth on top.
i suppose these things take many attempts to perfect but for a first try they look okay.
traditionally they're supposed to have some blackened spots on the custard's surface.

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