For the last few months, I’ve been working with Coca-Cola on their #ThisOnesFor campaign. The campaign all about working towards one’s goals, however big or small they may be. It’s about getting out there, trying something new, focusing your energy on fresh challenges and seeing how awesome it feels to conquer them.
As we sat down to discuss a plan for me back in March, the Coca-Cola team asked, ‘What’s a challenge you’d love to take on but haven’t done before? ’
There were many that came to mind but I narrowed it down and 4 weeks later off we went to take on the first…
I headed out to Portugal, got in the water with Women’s Champion Lucy Campbell and learnt how to surf with the woman herself.
I pass through so many hot surf destinations on my travels but prior to Portugal, I had never spent time learning properly.
During that challenge, we actually identified another one that I’m going to share with you today. During the three days we were filming and surfing down in Sagres, Portugal, I took quite a liking to Portuguese tarts (how awesome are they!) and had the idea to recreate the infamous sweet pastry back in my London kitchen.
So here we are. I’ve been wanting to start sharing my favourite travel recipes for a while now so this was the perfect excuse to get started.
A Portuguese Egg Tarts (Pastéis de Nata) recipe
There are many Portuguese Tart recipes online but this one seemed the quickest and simplest, once you’ve got your ingredients organised.
That’s not to take away from how delicious they are.
Next time you have a group of friends over, whip up a batch of these and impress them with your tarts
A guaranteed winner…
Well, that is unless your guests don’t like Portuguese tarts, but who doesn’t like Portuguese tarts?!
If you’re a visual learner like myself, I shot a little video and some photos to help you along the way as you’re cooking.
Right, what ingredients do you need?
- 1 Jus-Roll puff pastry sheet (they come rolled either frozen or fresh in the supermarket)
- 1 tablespoon custard powder
- 1 tablespoon golden caster sugar
- 100ml milk
- 3 egg yolks, plus 1 medium egg, beaten, for brushing
- 200ml half-fat crème fraîche
- 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- a little bit of plain flour to dust the pastry
Other: A cake tray to go in the oven, a pastry brush, a whisk, a rolling pin, a cutter that works to the size of your cake tray.
How to cook:
First up it’s time to make the custard…
- In a bowl, place the custard powder and sugar. Mix in the milk and egg yolks, until evenly combined.
- Heat the creme frâiche in a saucepan and when it starts to bubble, pout in the custard mixture (see point 1 above).
- Whisk everything together and bring it to a simmer. When it begins to boil it with thicken at which point remove it from the heat, add the vanilla extract and leave to cool.
Time to prepare the tarts…
- Preheat the oven to 180 deg.
- Open out the puff pastry roll on the work surface and dust with a little bit of flour each side (my pastry felt a little sticky, this step isn’t essential).
- Using the cutter, cut out as many pastry rounds as you can and but don’t put them in the tray just yet.
- Beat one egg in a bowl and with the pastry brush, grease the cake tray ready for the rounds to go in.
- Place the rounds in the cake tray.
- Once cool, pop a spoon of the custard into the centre of each of the rounds.
7. Sprinkle cinnamon on the top of all of the tarts before popping them in the oven!
8. Bake for around 15-20 minutes (keep an eye though, cook until the top goes golden!)
Let me know if you make them and how well they go down?
I think I ate 90% of them myself… Rumour has it they are best enjoyed fresh anyhow! Haha!
I surprised myself with this challenge. I would have never set out to bake my own Portuguese tarts, I would have bought them. However, making them as part of this campaign has got me excited to note down more recipes from my travels and to bring them to life at home. It’s so satisfying to not only bake the pastries fresh but to share them with your friends whilst they have a massive grin on their face.
Hostess with the mostess!
Challenge yourself to bake something new this summer.
Invite your friends over and share the goodies…
Stay tuned for my next section of content with Coca-cola as I head into the water to finally learn how to surf!?