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 76 reviews
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Sarah MacDonald (Petaluma, US)
Great class - so fun!

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Yvonne (Colorado Springs, US)

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K.M. (McLean, US)
Top Marks for Tarts

My first Context cooking class (Portugal's Custard Tart) was informative and fun, thanks to the skill, patience, and humor of chef Maria Lima. I didn't do a hands-on session, as some others did, but when I eventually make the tarts, I'll be prepared. I'll buy some port too: The chef's recommendations were spot-on!

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A.P. (Martinez, US)
Wonderful introduction - Just what I wanted

The instructions were easy to follow - can't wait to try it! I thought it was a little slow though - wish it could have been done in an hour.

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L. (Ashburn, US)
Fun class with Maria

Maria's class for Pastel de Nata was well organized and very fun. She was very patient and took her time with the instructions, as well with answering questions. You can tell she enjoys her job! It was a fun class and the tarts were amazing.

Customer Reviews

Based on 76 reviews
78%
(59)
14%
(11)
8%
(6)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
S
Sarah MacDonald (Petaluma, US)
Great class - so fun!

Guest did not leave comment

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Yvonne (Colorado Springs, US)

Guest did not leave comment

K
K.M. (McLean, US)
Top Marks for Tarts

My first Context cooking class (Portugal's Custard Tart) was informative and fun, thanks to the skill, patience, and humor of chef Maria Lima. I didn't do a hands-on session, as some others did, but when I eventually make the tarts, I'll be prepared. I'll buy some port too: The chef's recommendations were spot-on!

A
A.P. (Martinez, US)
Wonderful introduction - Just what I wanted

The instructions were easy to follow - can't wait to try it! I thought it was a little slow though - wish it could have been done in an hour.

L
L. (Ashburn, US)
Fun class with Maria

Maria's class for Pastel de Nata was well organized and very fun. She was very patient and took her time with the instructions, as well with answering questions. You can tell she enjoys her job! It was a fun class and the tarts were amazing.