Home of the Pastel de Nata

While in Lisbon we visited the Jerónimos monastery which is a Unesco world heritage site in itself (and there will be some more blog posts on this place soon), but it is also thought to be the place where the Portuguese custard tarts (or Pastel de Nata in Portuguese) were created.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

If you live in the UK and frequent Caffe Nero you may have seen them in there (although they don’t come anywhere to one’s in Lisbon). In this area (Belém) of Lisbon the tarts are known as Pastéis de Belém, which is also now the name of the bakery where they are made. The bakery is huge inside and you can see where the tarts are created. We just arrived when a batch had been finished. When Carlos was queueing a man in front ordered 6 dozen of them, and after you’ve tasted them it’s not difficult to see why.

Pastéis de Belém

We, on the other hand, just had one each…..to start with. Basically it’s a kind of sweet puff pastry case with a really sweet custard filling. You’re supposed to sprinkle icing sugar or cinnamon on top (which was provided in these little sachets).

Pastéis de Belém

They were so good we went back for seconds after we had wandered around the monastery. It was my birthday so this was effectively my replacement for birthday cake! Pastéis de Belém Pastéis de Belém

If you’re ever in the Lisbon area you should definitely go and sample this local delicacy.

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