An Ode to the Portuguese Custard Tart

Pastéis de nata, or pastéis de Belém, as they’re also called, are an amulet-sized custard tart made from egg yolks with a light, flaky shell. These pudding-like pastries go back to the 18th century and are credited to the monks at Jerónimos Monastery in Belém, Portugal (nowadays a district of Lisbon), …