Pasteis de Nata or Portugese egg tarts are one of the many treats I miss from Taiwan. I used to think they were Taiwanese because that’s the only place I’ve had them but they’re actually from Portugal.
Taiwan used to be a Portuguese colony so maybe that’s why Pasteis de Nata are sold at Kentucky Fried Chicken? Maybe?
Since we live in rural Minnesota where the closest place that MIGHT sell Pasteis de Nata is three hours away, my stomach demanded that I learn to make these! I had a blast making Pasteis de Nata with my daughter and even more fun stuffing our face with these! But not so much cleaning up (ha! #storyofmylife).
We were also able to learn some new Chinese vocabulary words in the process! Multiple birds with one stone?! I’m in!
For those with children who are disinterested in Chinese, I encourage you to try cooking in Chinese (or the target language of your choice) with them. Cooking is a fun way to pick up new vocabulary while engaging all their senses and deepening their relationship with you.
This weekend is Easter weekend so I thought what better time to share this semi-Asian eggy recipe with you all.
Pasteis de Nata Recipe
Pasteis de Nata Recipe 葡式蛋塔
- 1 package 盒 frozen puff pastry sheets 酥皮 at room temperature
Custard Mixture 卡仕達醬
- 4 large egg yolks 蛋黃
- 1 teaspoon 茶匙 vanilla 香草精
- 2 Tbsp 大匙/汤匙 corn starch 玉米粉/玉米淀粉
- 1/4 teaspoon 茶匙 ground cinnamon 肉桂粉 or one cinnamon stick 桂皮
- 2 Cups 杯 milk 牛奶 or use coconut milk if there are allergies
- 1/3 Cup 杯 sugar 糖
- 1/2 Cup 杯 coconut milk 椰奶
- Cover a regular 12 cup cupcake tin with aluminum foil 鋁箔紙
- Use a rolling pin 擀麵棍/擀面杖 to roll out the puff pastry sheets
- Use a circular cookie cutter 餅乾切模 or any cup or lid that’s 3.5 inches in diameter to cut 18 circles from the pastry sheets. Form the pastry circles into the cupcake tins. Then place these back into the fridge 冰箱.
- Preheat 預熱 your oven 烤箱 to 475 degrees F or 246 C
- Place all the ingredients for the custard into a mixing bowl 攪拌碗 and mix 攪拌 until everything is well incorporated and there are no more clumps.
- Pour the custard mixture into a medium pot 湯鍋 and heat it over low heat 小火 while stirring continuously 攪拌 until the mixture thickens and you can see it sticking to your stirring spoon. Put the pot into a cold water bath to let it cool.
- Take out the cinnamon stick if you used one. Then pour 倒 the cooled custard into the pastry molds until they’re 2/3 full. Then place them into the oven to bake for 30 minutes 烤三十分鐘
- Be sure to let them cool 放涼 once they’re done so you and your kids don’t burn your tongue on them.
I hope you and your kiddos enjoy cooking in Chinese with this super easy Pasteis de Nata recipe! How are you celebrating Easter? I’d love to hear from you. Please share below and remember to tag me @spotofsunshineChinese if you do make this recipe with your little ones!
More Resources to Help You Have Fun Teaching Your Kids Chinese!
- Chinese New Year Activity for Kids: Coconut Rice Cake Recipe 椰汁年糕
- 25+ Netflix Chinese Shows for Kids
- Plan Your Best Year of Teaching Your Kids Chinese 計畫成功的一年
- 7 Secrets to Chinese Retention: How I’m Still Fluent Despite Immigrating at 8
- TOP 6 RESOURCES FOR DOING FAMILY DEVOTIONS IN CHINESE 家庭靈修資源
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