Custard tarts / Pastel de Nata (Portuguese pronunciation: [pɐʃˈtɛɫ dɨ ˈnatɐ]; plural: pastéis de nata), is a Portuguese egg tart pastry, originally from Portugal which can also be found in Brazil and other countries with significant Portuguese immigrant populations.
Custard tarts / Pastel de Nata were created before the 18th century by Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery (Portuguese: Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém, in Lisbon. These monks were originally based in France where these pastries could be found in local bakeries. At the time, many convents and monasteries used large quantities of egg-whites for starching 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 closure of many of the convents and monasteries in the aftermath of the Liberal Revolution of 1820, the monks started selling custard tarts / pastéis de nata at a nearby sugar refinery to bring in 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 descendants own the business to this day.
The Custard tarts / Pastel de Nata were mentioned by The Guardian as the 15th most tasty delicacy in the world. – Source: Wikipédia
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Custard tarts / Pastel de Nata were born to show the world a unique recipe which carries the cultural, social and gastronomic values of Lisbon. The Lisbon of ginjinha and bica com cheirinho, of poets and fado singers, of the seven hills and city artists.
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Their formula is an exclusive recipe developed by a team of renowned pastry chefs, and winner of the blind taste test (*) conducted by a panel of internal tasters at the Lisbon Hotel and Tourism school. This unique recipe is ensured in all NATA Lisboa units around the world, thanks to a manufacturing and cooking process with top quality control throughout the whole operation.
Where can you find these delicious Custard tarts / Pastel de Nata?
– Almada, Amadora, Braga, Cascais, Coimbra, Covilhã, Ericeira, Évora, Faro, Gondomar, Rio Tinto, Leiria, Lisboa, Matosinhos, Montijo, Nazaré, Porto, Setúbal, Sintra, Vila do Conde, Vila Nova de Famalicão and Viseu.
Taste these delicious Custard tarts / Pastel de Nata in Porto:
– NATA Lisboa (1) – address: Rua de Santa Catarina 499 (Porto)
– NATA Lisboa (2) – address: Rua Das Flores, 291 (Porto)
– NATA Lisboa (3) – address: Avenida Da República, 894 (Matosinhos)
You may find useful to buy a Porto Card for using city´s bus, for less than 10 euros/person.
Besides, Porto also has a lot of food tours that you should book, to experience and taste other Porto´s bakery, wonderful cakes and pastries. So take a look at these city tours:
PORTO TASCAS TOUR
PORTO: HALF-DAY FOOD TOUR
PORTO DELICIOUS FOOD WALK TOUR
PORTO FOOD AND WINE TASTING TOUR
PORTO: PORTUGUESE GASTRONOMY WORKSHOP
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