Cooking Class: Pastel de Nata–Portugal's Iconic Custard Tart with Maria Lima

Cooking Class: Pastel de Nata–Portugal's Iconic Custard Tart with Maria Lima


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Join us for a hands-on cooking class with chef Maria Lima from her home kitchen in Porto to learn how to make delicious Pastel de Nata, Portugal’s iconic custard tarts.

In this interactive seminar, we will discover the history behind this famous pastry while we learn how to bake our own. The recipe is simple but delicious, and we will enjoy the finished product paired with traditional port wine.

Pastel de Nata date back over 300 years, to their origins at the Jerónimos Monastery in Belém, a neighborhood of Lisbon. Monks created a secret recipe to perfect their custard tarts and called them Pastel de Belém. We will discover the differences between the two tarts - and learn why Pastel de Nata remain the iconic cake of Portugal.

Together with Maria Lima, a gastronomy expert and chef, we will learn how to prepare the flaky crust and creamy custard filling from scratch. As they bake we will talk about how to pair port wine with this classic Portuguese pastry. Feel free to come prepared with your own favorite port wine, or coffee or tea if you wish.

We're not giving away our secret recipe just yet, but here are the items that you will need for the cooking class:

Ingredients for the pastry (makes about six mini tarts):

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2-4 tbsp very cold water
  • 1/2 stick butter (unsalted or regular) at room temperature.

Ingredients for the custard filling:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar or caster sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 or 2 strips of lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 2/3 cup + 1 tbsp whole milk
  • 3 large egg yolks, beaten
  • Ground cinnamon (optional)

Kitchen tools

  • Bowls
  • Rolling Pin
  • Table knife or small spatula
  • Saucepan
  • Wood spoon
  • Stove and oven

Maria Lima, after a professional career in management, decided to follow a dream and take a cooking course in Edinburgh, Scotland in a reputable Cookery School. After and during the course, she had the opportunity to cook and develop some recipes that she would never have imagined. She also had the possibility to work with a couple of chefs of great reputation in the food industry, along with the opportunity to improve and perform various positions in hospitality, which allowed her to have enormous knowledge and vast experience. After returning to Portugal, she worked as a chef and manager at an estate in the Douro Valley, where she had the opportunity to improve her knowledge as a chef and to hold workshops with the guests. As a manager, soon she invites guests to join her to discover Douro Valley and her passion for wines, which allowed her to gain more knowledge and developing her passion for guiding people. Join her in her passion for food and wine along with her cooking techniques mixed with her pleasure in traveling and discovering different dishes and cultures. She always provides you with a memorable experience.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 35 reviews
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H.
Delectable!

I wasn't sure how an online cooking course would play out but this one did beautifully. Maria was a great teacher, so effervescent, with a yummy product which was very well explained and relatively easy to make. My friends could not believe that those luscious little pastries came from my oven. I'd love to take a course with her when we find ourselves in Portugal.

S
S.R.
Delicious Treat

Yum. The printed recipe was thorough and easy to follow. Maria is charming. The audio was choppy so it made it a little difficult at times for these older ears to understand what she was saying.

M
M.M.
The best of Portugal in my kitchen

Great to bring one of Portugal's iconic treats to my kitchen! Great instruction and easy to follow along. I'll be making more of these yummy natas in the future!

L
L.R.
Authentic cooking from the heart of Porto!

If you want to learn all about Portugal’s iconic tart - the Pastel de Nata - Chef Maria Lima is the one to show you! Right from her kitchen in Porto, Marianl is generous with her knowledge and is a lot of fun in the moment.

L
L.
Special treats

These look just like what I remember in the Azores when when traveled there. I am not quite sure that I am up to the challenge to make this myself, but appreciate how Maria de mystified them for me.

Customer Reviews

Based on 35 reviews
66%
(23)
23%
(8)
11%
(4)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
H
H.
Delectable!

I wasn't sure how an online cooking course would play out but this one did beautifully. Maria was a great teacher, so effervescent, with a yummy product which was very well explained and relatively easy to make. My friends could not believe that those luscious little pastries came from my oven. I'd love to take a course with her when we find ourselves in Portugal.

S
S.R.
Delicious Treat

Yum. The printed recipe was thorough and easy to follow. Maria is charming. The audio was choppy so it made it a little difficult at times for these older ears to understand what she was saying.

M
M.M.
The best of Portugal in my kitchen

Great to bring one of Portugal's iconic treats to my kitchen! Great instruction and easy to follow along. I'll be making more of these yummy natas in the future!

L
L.R.
Authentic cooking from the heart of Porto!

If you want to learn all about Portugal’s iconic tart - the Pastel de Nata - Chef Maria Lima is the one to show you! Right from her kitchen in Porto, Marianl is generous with her knowledge and is a lot of fun in the moment.

L
L.
Special treats

These look just like what I remember in the Azores when when traveled there. I am not quite sure that I am up to the challenge to make this myself, but appreciate how Maria de mystified them for me.