I'm doing this again today. Pasties De Nata is a well-known symbol of Portuguese cuisine, the Pastel de Nata (singular) is a delicacy appreciated all over the world and particularly popular in Brazil, China and South East Asia.
Its origins date from around the 17th Century and it’s believed the recipe was created by Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon.
At a time when the demand for egg-whites was great, for the starching of clothes and the clearing of wines (such as Port), the left-over egg yolks were then used to create a vast number of recipes. One of these recipes resulted in the Pastéis de Nata, also known as Portuguese custard tarts.
Throughout the years many variations spread across the country but the original recipe has since been kept a secret and passed on through the generations. With the closure of the Monastery in the 19th Century, the secret was passed on to the Casa Pastéis de Belém from where the name “Pastéis de Belém” comes from.