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 the 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 invite guests to join her to discover Douro Valley and her passion for wines, which allowed her to gain more knowledge and developing her passion of 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 provide you with a memorable experience.

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 57 reviews
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Kathleen White (Logan, US)
Instructive and Entertaining

Excellent class. Very clear explanations and demonstrations. I liked her detailed tips to make the custard tarts the best

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Susan Thrall (Gainesville, US)
Totally excellent class

I have taken multiple Context Learning classes. This one was the best. Maria is so personable and so knowledgeable. She made us feel like we were good friends. She took us step by step through making the tarts. She a great speaker, no problem understanding her nor with the sound. She also included information on Port wines and a little bit about Portugal. Though my tarts didn’t look as pretty as hers, they were delicious. My husband has already eaten 4 of them. I enjoyed every minute of this class and highly recommend it.

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Paula Makowski (Allegan, US)
Wonderful Pastel de Nata Cooking Course

Wonderful course! Easy to follow. Maria has a wonderful personality and a passion for cooking. Such an enjoyable afternoon session!

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Karl Peterson (Charleston, US)
Fun with Portuguese Pastry

I had a very fun hour learning how to make the iconic Pastel de Nata today. Our instructor, Maria Lima, gave us lots of helpful hints on how to make our pastries the best. And sure enough, my wife, who has eaten Pasteis de Belem, said mine had a wonderful flavor!

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JANET HASSING (Hickory, US)
Pastel de Nata

Had a great time following Maria today. I am so glad that I made the dish as she was making it. I almost didn't notice the info about the ingredients but I was a lucky student when I found it ahead of time. Cooking along with Maria made a difference to me as I was able to really know how the ingredients were supposed to react. There were some items not listed that I think should have been. Such as the muffin pan, strainer and cooling rack. I had tried making a similar recipe when we returned from Porto but could never get it correct. This was great. I loved the little tips she gave as we went along.

Customer Reviews

Based on 57 reviews
74%
(42)
16%
(9)
11%
(6)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
K
Kathleen White (Logan, US)
Instructive and Entertaining

Excellent class. Very clear explanations and demonstrations. I liked her detailed tips to make the custard tarts the best

S
Susan Thrall (Gainesville, US)
Totally excellent class

I have taken multiple Context Learning classes. This one was the best. Maria is so personable and so knowledgeable. She made us feel like we were good friends. She took us step by step through making the tarts. She a great speaker, no problem understanding her nor with the sound. She also included information on Port wines and a little bit about Portugal. Though my tarts didn’t look as pretty as hers, they were delicious. My husband has already eaten 4 of them. I enjoyed every minute of this class and highly recommend it.

P
Paula Makowski (Allegan, US)
Wonderful Pastel de Nata Cooking Course

Wonderful course! Easy to follow. Maria has a wonderful personality and a passion for cooking. Such an enjoyable afternoon session!

K
Karl Peterson (Charleston, US)
Fun with Portuguese Pastry

I had a very fun hour learning how to make the iconic Pastel de Nata today. Our instructor, Maria Lima, gave us lots of helpful hints on how to make our pastries the best. And sure enough, my wife, who has eaten Pasteis de Belem, said mine had a wonderful flavor!

J
JANET HASSING (Hickory, US)
Pastel de Nata

Had a great time following Maria today. I am so glad that I made the dish as she was making it. I almost didn't notice the info about the ingredients but I was a lucky student when I found it ahead of time. Cooking along with Maria made a difference to me as I was able to really know how the ingredients were supposed to react. There were some items not listed that I think should have been. Such as the muffin pan, strainer and cooling rack. I had tried making a similar recipe when we returned from Porto but could never get it correct. This was great. I loved the little tips she gave as we went along.