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Alfama - pastéis de nata


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Alfama - pastéis de nata

Krys | Feb 17, 2005 02:37 AM

Pastéis de nata are wonderful little custard tarts. In the link below, David Leitte describes them as follows:

"The confection's shell is made from massa folhada, Portugal's equivalent to France's puff pastry. It spirals up, creating a nest of hundreds of crisp layers. Inside is a luscious, warm custard."

Leitte says that the version at Alfama equals that of the ones made in Portugual at Antiga Confeitaria de Belém which are supposedly the definitive version of this pastry.

Searching Chowhound I only found a few older mentions of Alfama and they didn't include any mention of pastéis de nata. However, I'm not that accomplished at searching so I might have missed something.

There is a link to the Alfama website in the article and ALfama says they are
"Traditional custard cakes, made daily on premises - One dozen 12"

Now these are tiny little bites, but it seems like for a buck you can get a whole lot of pleasure.

Has anyone tried these at Alfama? Are they as delicious as they sound?


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