Sweet like… pastel de nata!

Delicious and irresistible. Always get 2 or more. One is not enough to enjoy the real pleasure of Pastel de Nata. Don’t start eating yet! First, cover Pasteis with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Than is picture time (no camera or out of battery on your mobile? See the pictures by others @Pinterest.com)

The first Pastel is to be eaten quickly: let the sweet egg tart fill all your mouth and disappear immediately, leaving the feeling “I want more!” Ok, this is the right time to delight in the second Pastel de Nata.

There are few techniques how to enjoy this moment (if you know any other technique you can leave it in the comment below this post):

  • Technique 1. Start with the yellow, mouth-watering filling. Enjoy it slowly, until the crunchy pastry is left. Than eat the pastry and sip a black coffee (double pleasure!).
  • Technique 2. (my favorite, no coffee needed!) Slice by slice, make the crunchy part of pastry disappear. Than, soak in the soft and caressing heart of Pastel de Nata. Mmmmm…. delicia! It works with the 3rd, 4th… I think it works with all the tarts of the world!

Not only Portuguese are crazy for this little egg tart. The Guardian chose it as one of the best foods in the world.
Pastel de Nata is a common sweet in Portugal. The original Pastel de Nata comes from Lisbon and is called “Pastel de Belém“. Nobody knows the secret recipe that make them really unique.

2 years ago Pastel de Nata celebrated 175 anniversary. Wikipedia knows how the fame of this pastry started:
Before the 18th century 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 to the sugar refinery, whose owners in 1837 opened the Fábrica de Pastéis de Belém. The descendents own the business to this day.

Pastel de Belém

Some metro stations in Lisbon have a special spot, where you can listen to Fado and buy Pastel de Nata. Amazing, sweet smell, mixed with spicy cinnamon and Fado that fills the halls of metro station, makes it almost impossible to pass by and not to try a little pleasure closed in a crispy pastry…

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