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 51 reviews
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Sherry Brennan (Los Angeles, US)
Fabulous & Easier Than Expected!

Maria Lima is an enthusiastic, clear, and practical cooking teacher. She knows her stuff, loves the subject, and gives excellent instructions. In just over an hour I learned a new pastry-making technique, made custard and baked a set of the most delicious pastries I've ever eaten. I will definitely add these to my repertoire, and I would love to take more classes with Maria Lima! And now I really want to go to Portugal, too. The education about port was also terrific, and I was only sorry I didn't have any on hand to pair with my tarts. I'll have to make another batch, because these aren't going to last that long.... In short: brava and YUM!

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Sherry Rhodes (Potomac, US)
Good virtual experience

Maria is delightful and easy to follow. My tarts were perfect! I enjoyed the experience.

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Mary (San Diego, US)
Baking a Memory

anyone who has visited Portugal has probably eaten a Pastel de Nata! The opportunity to learn to bake them from an expert allows me to taste the memory and share it with family and friends. Maria was an excellent teacher, not only with the actual techniques, but with the history of the pasties ! Mine turned out ugly, but tasty. Now I can work on perfecting them

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Laura R. (Medford, US)
Delicious and fun

It was easy to follow along with her, and the product was great! I loved learning about Portugal and Porto

G
Ginny Peterson (Broomfield, US)
Fantastic Class!

Maria is awesome! She had great energy. She was very knowledgeable and patient. And at the end of the class I had delicious Pastel de Nata to eat!

Customer Reviews

Based on 51 reviews
73%
(37)
18%
(9)
10%
(5)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
S
Sherry Brennan (Los Angeles, US)
Fabulous & Easier Than Expected!

Maria Lima is an enthusiastic, clear, and practical cooking teacher. She knows her stuff, loves the subject, and gives excellent instructions. In just over an hour I learned a new pastry-making technique, made custard and baked a set of the most delicious pastries I've ever eaten. I will definitely add these to my repertoire, and I would love to take more classes with Maria Lima! And now I really want to go to Portugal, too. The education about port was also terrific, and I was only sorry I didn't have any on hand to pair with my tarts. I'll have to make another batch, because these aren't going to last that long.... In short: brava and YUM!

S
Sherry Rhodes (Potomac, US)
Good virtual experience

Maria is delightful and easy to follow. My tarts were perfect! I enjoyed the experience.

M
Mary (San Diego, US)
Baking a Memory

anyone who has visited Portugal has probably eaten a Pastel de Nata! The opportunity to learn to bake them from an expert allows me to taste the memory and share it with family and friends. Maria was an excellent teacher, not only with the actual techniques, but with the history of the pasties ! Mine turned out ugly, but tasty. Now I can work on perfecting them

L
Laura R. (Medford, US)
Delicious and fun

It was easy to follow along with her, and the product was great! I loved learning about Portugal and Porto

G
Ginny Peterson (Broomfield, US)
Fantastic Class!

Maria is awesome! She had great energy. She was very knowledgeable and patient. And at the end of the class I had delicious Pastel de Nata to eat!