Pasta de Nada (Portuguese Custard Tartlets)

Pasta de Nada  (Portuguese Custard Tartlets)
These are tartlets from heaven, puff pastry encasing a baked vanilla custard.  So simple yet so delicious, there really is no need for cream or ice cream with these tartlets.  They are best served with great coffee with one tartlet on a beautiful plate at the side and that's about it, yum!
These tartlets are a classic all through Portugal and Spain.
Plus they are very simple and quick to make :)

200g flaky pastry
 ¼ cup sugar
½ cup water
2 Tablespoon corn flour
1 cup milk
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Roll out pastry to 2 mm thick, cut 12 x 10cm rounds and fit into patty pans.
Lightly prick with fork, refrigerate.
Place sugar, water into small saucepan.
Bring to boil stirring until sugar dissolves.
Boil for 2 minutes to form a syrup.
Mix corn flour to smooth paste with little bit of milk,  whisk milk, corn flour mix, yolks, vanilla and sugar syrup together and return to pan.
Stir over a low heat until thick, cool.
Preheat oven 200 degree, spoon mixture 1 spoon into cases.
Bake 20 mins until lightly brown.
Make 12
I always use natural vanilla essence, easy to get especially if you are in Tahiti, stock up while you can.   If you what to save even more time use pre-rolled sheet puff pastry extra simple and easy.
Pasta de Nada


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