Perfect Portuguese tarts

Prep 40 min
Total 1 hour
Plus chilling time
Makes 12 Servings



1 cup
2% milk
3/4 cup
35% cream
2 tbsp
2 tsp
1/2 450-g pkg
butter puff pastry sheets, preferably President's Choice, thawed
3/4 tsp


  • WHISK egg yolks and egg with milk, cream, sugar and cornstarch in a large saucepan and set over medium. Continue whisking until mixture thickens, 7  to 10 min. Whisk in vanilla, then scrape into a medium bowl. Lay a piece of plastic wrap directly on surface to prevent skin from forming. Chill in freezer until very cold, but not frozen, about 1 hour.
  • UNROLL puff pastry sheet. Sprinkle cinnamon evenly over the surface. Re-roll sheet into a tight log. Cut log into 12 equal rounds. Lay a pastry round on a lightly floured counter and roll with a rolling pin until it is 4 in. across. Pastry will be very thin. Repeat with remaining rounds. Gently push each round into a muffin cup, pressing along the bottom, then up the sides until it reaches the rim. Keep muffin tin in refrigerator until custard is chilled.
  • PREHEAT oven to 500F (not the broiler). Divide cold custard among 12 pastry cups.
  • BAKE in centre of oven until tops are brown, but not burnt, 13 to 15 min. If tops have not browned, continue baking and check at 2-min intervals. Cool in pan on a rack for 5 min. Remove from pan and let cool slightly on rack, about 15 min. Serve tarts warm or cool.

Tip: We tested many brands, and President’s Choice Butter Puff Pastry is our absolute favourite. Its all-butter recipe makes the perfect thin, flaky shell for these tarts. Find it at retailers across Canada.


Calories 197, Protein 4 g, Carbohydrates 18 g, Fat 12 g, Fibre 1 g, Sodium 80 mg.
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