Pasteis de Nata will make you fly all to way to Portugal

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Pastel de Nata is a Portuguese egg tart pastry that mainly contains egg yolks. it is similar to flan and consist an outer pastry crust filled with egg custard and baked. It looks like a mini creme brûlée but isn’t really the same. Pastel de Nata are generally served straight from the oven, with cinnamon and powdered sugar on top.

Pastel de Nata is originally from Portugal but can be found today in different countries with significant Portuguese immigrant populations.

When in Lisbon, Pasteis de Nata can be found in all the local bakeries but the very best one is the Pasteis de Belem, a bakery outside the city that is definitely worth the trip. Make sure to buy a few (or many) of them and store them in a box. That way they will last for a few days and will even be possible to bring them back home. Because you’re going to crave these as soon as you get back.