Easy Portuguese Egg Tarts Recipe


Hello food lovers! How is Wednesday treating you? It has been a busy day for me so far. Trading, blogging and packing my bag as I try to take a breather at the same time.

I am off to my brother’s place tomorrow for a few days as he has just moved into his new abode and we would be having a housewarming this weekend. His house is looking pretty awesome. I love how everything is so new and we definitely had fun shopping around and arranging the new stuff for his home!

Talking about the new home, I was told by my sister in law that she is waiting for me to kick-start her new oven. I guess I might end up baking something when I am there.

The discussion regarding oven reminded me of these tarts.

Easy Portuguese Egg Tarts Recipe

I had my first Portuguese Egg Tarts about 12 years ago, when my aunt brought back a box of those from her Macau trip. Both me and my mom were completely mind blown. We were used to eating the normal egg tarts that featured a shortcrust pastry with a pale custard filling. These Portuguese Egg tarts, on the other hand, had a buttery, crisp and flaky shell topped with a creamy custard center that had a consistency similar to a creme brulee. And that caramelized top? It made the tarts more delicious and fragrant!

I often make these specially for my mom as she is a huge fan of puff pastries, whether savory or sweet. There are two ways to go about making the custard for these. One starts with cooking a simple sugar syrup, but the method I am sharing today is the simplified version and it is perfect when you need to come up with something fast.

Although making the puff pastry is time-consuming, these Portuguese Egg Tarts uses just a few pantry ingredients. But hey, what are ready-made puff pastry for? Just grab a pack of that ready-made pastry and you can recreate this fuss-free custardy treat in less than an hour!

Not everyone has the spare time to create a thousand layers out of butter and flour, right? Sometimes we do have to take the shorter route when we are pressed for time. If the end result is still delicious and enjoyable, nothing else matters. If you use ready-made puff pastry, making these egg tarts is a cinch and there is NO reason not to give this Easy Portuguese Egg Tarts Recipe a try.

Easy Portuguese Egg Tarts Recipe
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 12
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 100ml milk
  • 220ml thickened cream
  • 1 vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 sheets of rolled readymade puff pastry
  1. Pre-heat oven to 230°C.
  2. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups.
  3. Using a round cutter, cut puff pastry into rounds and line bottom and sides with puff pastry.
  4. In a saucepan, mix milk and cream
  5. Scrape the seeds out from the vanilla pod and add into the milk mixture along with a stick of cinnamon.
  6. Heat the cream mixture till little bubbles form at the edges.
  7. Turn off the fire and keep aside.
  8. Whisk egg yolks with caster sugar.
  9. Discard cinnamon from the cooled cream mixture.
  10. Slowly pour and continuously whisk the cream mixture into the egg yolks.
  11. Strain this mixture through a sieve.
  12. Fill the pastry shell with the custard mixture.
  13. Bake at 230°C for 30 minutes until custard is set and the top has burnt splotches and pastry is golden.



Loving our recipes?
Sign up to our free newsletters and stay inspired with our wealth of recipes, tips and ideas to get you cooking.


Leave a Comment

Rate this recipe:  

Subscribe to Maya Kichenette email updates..

Subscribe for new recipes,exclusive giveaways, behind the scenes and more !

We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe.