Jamie’s Quick Portuguese Custard Tarts

This super-simple custard tart recipe looks great, tastes amazing and is so quick to make; just cheat’s pastry, vanilla custard and orange caramel. Jamie takes you through every step to success. Obrigado!

This speedy recipe is from Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals TV series first aired on Channel 4 in 2010. All the food made in this video was shared out and eaten among the very lucky crew. Nothing goes to waste.

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Read the full recipe on page 122 of Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals book.

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  1. omg seriously people… Jamie wasnt doing the authentic Portuguese Custard Tart (Pastel de nata) he was doing something simple quick and that still has the taste of something similar to the Portuguese Custard Tart… Like seriously people grow up… I have tried this recipe and can tell you my friends here on youtube it is awesome and tastes sensational…. You are all jealous for the fact he is creative and adventurous chef… Stop knocking him .. Praise him… I love your recipes Jamie Oliver and I love what you give us to try etc…. God Bless you and your beautiful family.. Cheers from all the way down under Sydney Australia

  2. i just dont understant people… its just different and if you dont want call it pastel de nata.. its okay give it another name

  3. Why be offended? Didn't he said it's JAMIE'S Quick Portuguese Custard tart? That indicates Jamie's style/method of whipping up the recipe. Its surely his own creation. Need no offense. Keep an open mind. It's appalling to criticize a great chef. Have some respect. He's been around. The problem of today in this world is people has lost respect even to their ownselves. How sad! And I certainly need no rebuttal, just please respect or at least learn to respect. Thank you.

  4. Jamie, I'm DISGUSTED AND REPULSED by the massacring you did right there in this video! I'm Portuguese and I'm beyond offended by the mess you've made of our national dessert!!! Why did you even bother call this a Portuguese Custard tart when it's not!? You have NOOO fucking idea what it's supposed to look like and I can tell by the recipe that you also have no idea what it's supposed to taste like! I'm a professional pastry maker and this, your recipe, is fucking crap!!! You need to travel to Portugal and actually go eat there, and THEN go learn from actual Portuguese pastry makers! Until then, you remain a fucking idiot who has butchered a nation's national dessert and offended that said nation! Fucking shame on you for doing so! Have a fucking conscience and respect for others, and STOP insulting people by calling the same names as national meals/desserts! Fucking moron!

  5. It only took less than 13 seconds to understand this was not going to be not even near a Portuguese Custard Pie. Caramel? Seriously?!
    I love Jamie Olivier style and he does what look like delicious meals. This might even be a delicious dessert, but it's not even close to a Portuguese Custard Pie, except in shape (but it doesn't even look like the right type of dough).
    There are so many things wrong (for a Portuguese tart, that is) that even I, that don't know how to properly cook anything that takes more than 4 steps, can see the faults in here! The cinnamon should be a stick and cooked within the pudding, to give it flavour. The ground cinnamon is just to sprinkle on the top of the custard in the end. As for the filling it's way too whitish. Never ever use the white part of the egg, separate the yolk and use the yolk only in this type of pudding-filling. It will taste way different too. The brownish-golden look on the top of the real custards is not becasue you put meted caramel on top of them but because they get golden inside the oven.
    Again, this might be a great tasting dessert, but it's NOT a Portuguese Custard Pie. Look around Youtube for "Pastel de Nata" to see other videos. Almost any other video is a more true-to-the-real-thing than this.

  6. Just made these – terrible on every level – I knew they would not be authenticate but I did expect the recipe to work

    If you're going to use puff pastry at all (not traditional) it must be rolled really, really thinly – my first batch came out with soggy bottoms and mainly pastry following Jamie's mold with your fingers method. The caramel on top is a horrible addition too- chewy and gets stuck in your teeth. Jamie this is dreadful! I have a dinner party in a couple fo hours – think you owe me a batch of decent custard tarts lol

  7. Everybody is freaking out about how "wrong" the recipe is and here I am like "what do you mean put cold water into a hot pan?!?!?! Isn't that a no-no?"