17th Mar 2013

Pastéis de Nata

With Tatiana from the Marmalade Cookery School

Food Styling & Photography by Jon Lewin

The pastéis de nata  or pastéis de Belém as it is more commonly known, has become acclaimed as the King of Portuguese Pastries, and I can see why. In short, it's a Portuguese custard tart, but they are so much more than that.

It's a pretty bold statement, but for me they are the best pastry in existence. When I'm in Portugal I eat them every morning without fail, accompanied by the incredible coffee. I sorely miss this tantalising duo, but luckily for me I have Tatiana on hand. This talented chef is the founder of Marmalade Cookery School, based in South Wales. Tatiana is a good friend and being Portuguese herself she understands my obsession with these pastries and makes them as often as I request. She has a rare talent and this shines through in all aspects of her cooking, but even more so when she's cooking her native cuisine. Her pastéis are no exception. I've tried a variety of pastéis over the years, especially when I was living in Portugal, and Tatiana's are among the best. She also makes the tastiest almond tart I've ever tried. Here's a few shots I took before I embarked on my culinary adventures around the world.