Bom dia! There are some dishes, that I really missed after becoming vegan. When I was still a vegetarian school kid, I liked to buy these small and sweet Portuguese vanilla custard pies at a Portuguese pastry shop in my neighbourhood. But, Pastéis de Nata are made with lots of eggs in the original.
My home made vegan version is easily and quickly made. If you take them to a party or meeting friends, they are a guaranteed success!
I am using ready made puff pastry. So the Pastéis de Nata (also Pastéis de Belém) are ready to eat in under half an hour.
Ingredients for about 10 Pastéis de Nata:
1 package puff pastry (from the fridge or thawed)
500 ml (2 cups) soy milk
40 g vanilla custard powder (vegan, some are made containing eggs)
1,5 tbsp brown sugar
1,5 tsp vanilla sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
50 g vegan butter
Cut the puff pastry into circles (they don’t need to be very even) and fill a muffin tray with them. You can also use squares of puff pastry and cut of the edges that come out of the muffin tray.
You can use left over pieces to repair missing bits or holes.
Preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F) upper and lower heat.
Stir together the soy milk, custard powder, brown sugar, vanilla sugar and cinnamon. Add the vegan butter and bring to a boil.
Fill the puff pastry moulds with the custard.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Until the pastries have turned golden brown.
Take them out of the oven and let them cool down for a few minutes. If you have got a cooking torch, flambé the custard carefully, until it gets some slightly burned spots.
If you don’t have a kitchen torch, leave the Pastéis de Nata in the oven for a few more minutes and turn on the upper grill function on full power. But be careful, the pastry burns easily this way.
Let the Pastéis de Nata cool down completely.