Pasteis de nata are a Sunvil favourite! The most popular of Portuguese pastries, they are enjoyed around the world. They are made with flaky puff pastry and filled with a caramelized creamy egg custard, dusted with cinnamon.
They were first created before the 18th century by Catholic nuns at the Jerónimos Monastery in Belém, Lisbon. Next door to the monastery, was the Casa Pastéis, then a sugar cane refinery and a general store. As a result of the liberal revolution all convents and monasteries were shut down in the 1830’s. Someone from the monastary offered to sell the pastries in the general store next door. The pastries became known as ‘Pasteis de Belém’. The refinery and shop which now serve as a café, still bake and sell the cakes using the ancient ’secret recipe’ passed on by the monastery. Since then ‘Pasteis de Belém’ from Casa Pastéis continue to be popular with locals and tourists alike.
We recommend you visit them on a trip to Lisbon and enjoy ‘Pasteis de nata’ warm out of the oven and sprinkled with cinnamon, along with a coffee (um bica)!
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