HOW TO DISCOVER A RECIPE FOR PASTEL DE NATA (PORTUGUESE TARTS)

 

 

There are pretenders all over the world disguising their origins with fancy pastry or a covering of icing sugar.   Don’t be fooled the Pastel De Nata is simplicity to its core and only baked and served correctly in Portugal some would say.  If staying in a holiday rental in Lagos or a villa in Vilamoura venture to the nearest Pingo Doce and pick up a pack for breakfast. Pigs-In-a-Puff-Pastry-Blanket-foodiecrush.com-012

 

Popular the world over, and affectionately known as an iconic staple sweet of Portugal, here is the ultimate recipe for Pastel de Nata (Portuguese Tarts). Pastel de nata are a egg tart pastry. One part crispy, one part gooey and ten parts delicious, this recipe (in our humble, well-taste-tested opinion) rivals the original and best Pastéis de Belém from Lisbon, Portugal, which has been making them since 1837. Today the kitchen in Belém is rumoured to make around 14,000 every day.

 

While the Pastéis de Belém recipe is patented and kept strictly under wraps (the story goes that pastry chefs were once only promoted from within the company and must have been working for the factory for at least 25 years before being trusted with the recipe).

 

Don’t worry, we’re completely happy to share the WoW recipe!

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These tarts are best served straight out of the oven. Note that the puff pastry will go a little soggy after one day – but if that happens, it really just means you haven’t eaten them fast enough.

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The ultimate recipe for Pastel de Nata (portuguese tarts)

Author: World of Wanderlust

Recipe type: Baking Cuisine: Portuguese

Serves: 12

 

Ingredients

1 whole egg + 2 egg yolks

115 grams caster sugar

2 tablespoons cornflour

200ml cream

200ml milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 sheet of puff pastry

Instructions

Whisk together the egg and egg yolks, sugar and cornflour in a saucepan until combined. Gradually whisk in the cream and milk until smooth.

Place the pan over a medium heat and cook, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and comes to the boil.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Transfer the now-custard into a bowl to allow cooling. Cover the surface of the custard with cling film in order to prevent a skin forming.

Preheat the oven to 200C, and lightly grease a 12-hole 80ml muffin tray.

Cut the puff pastry sheet in half and put one half on top of the other, then set aside for 5 minutes.

Roll up the pastry tightly from the short end, and cut the pastry log into twelve 1cm rounds. Lay each pastry round on a lightly floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll out the pastry until each disc is very thin and 10cm in diameter.

Form the pastry rounds into the muffin tin, and then spoon the custard into pastry cases.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until the pastry and custard are golden. The authentic look is to see the top of the custard blackened in places!

Leave the tarts in the tin for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Dust with cinnamon and icing sugar for serving.

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How the Danes are growing in Lagoa

I recently read an article by Len Port in the Tomorrow Magazine and also the Portuguese Resident.  It was about a Danish couple Briena Knudsen and his wife who have reclaimed scrubland outside Lagoa in Portugal.

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The couples plan is to grow certain vegetables for the Northern European market.   There first crop Snack pea is a particular favourite in Denmark and when harvested was exported to Denmark.  A huge effort was put in before he turns this barren landscape into cultivated fields.

In May 2016, Knudsen obtained a 15-year rental agreement to take over 12 hectares of state-owned farmland between Lagoa and Sesmarias that had remained abandoned for decades.

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No effort was spared to carefully prepare the soil for the sowing of various vegetables.  He installed an irrigation system and having sown a variety of snack pea much favoured in Denmark, he was able to harvest 15 tonnes of the healthy delicacy this Spring.

Further crops were sown on the same 12 hectares and large quantities of pumpkins and butternut squash have been harvested.  This was exported to the Dutch and UK markets. Huge truckloads have been packed and sent northward in recent weeks.

In an area better known for it holiday rentals never before have crops like this been grown in Lagoa for export. And this is just the start.  Maybe relying on income from villas in Silves or apartments to rent in Albufeira will be a thing of the past.

The ideal climate and soils in the Lagoa area, combined with the demand for fresh produce in northern Europe, are why Knudsen is now looking for much more land, another 40 hectares if possible.

He is seeking long-term rental contracts with private owners within the municipality, preferably for land with access to Silves reservoir water channels, or at least where boreholes could be drilled to tap into underground sources.

Meanwhile, Knudsen’s team recently planted 15,000 more pumpkins for maturing in October. Special events are going to be arranged so that local children and families can come and pick their own pumpkins for Halloween celebrations.

Educating groups of children about the nature of agriculture and farming methods is high on Knudsen’s agenda once his sowing and harvesting schedules both in Portugal and Denmark have settled down a bit.

He also wants to steadily progress towards organic production, focusing still on sweet peas, pumpkins and squashes, but introducing onions and other crops deemed to be particularly healthy and increasingly in demand.

“We see a very bright future here,” says 40-year-old Knudsen who regularly travels to Denmark where he has similar business interests. He is planning to sell up there, however, and focus exclusively on the Algarve.

He and his Danish wife and their two children have been living in the Lagoa area since 2010 and this is where they intend to stay.

Tags: Lagoa, villas in Silves, apartments to rent in Lagos, villas to rent Alvor, apartments

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Motor Racing at it best in the heart of the Algarve

Thousands of visitors arrive in the Algarve to enjoy all this sunny tranquil location has to offer. Many travels to there chosen resort via the A22. Part of the sign on this motorway near the turnoff to Monchique. Most visitors don’t any attention or show any interest in this excellent motor racing circuit Autodromo International.

I only recently had a random barstool encounter with an avid motor racing fan (atic) He had just attend. The Classic Event and enthused about how special the Autodromo was as a racing circuit.
I had to respect his knowledge as he spoke about LeMons, Daytona, and Estoril, places he visited on a regular basis.
I made up my mind than on my return to the Algarve whether I stay in a villa in Albufeira of a holiday rental in Lagos I will make sure my trip coincides with an event in the Autodromo AlgarveAutodromo

Here under are recent events.

ALGARVE CLASSIC FESTIVAL
27 out – 29 out 2017
The Algarve Classic Festival (ACF), which will take place on 27th to 29th October 2017, is already referred to in Europe as one of the largest events of its kind. The festival will host 11 European Classic Championships, which will attract the best cars and drivers of the speciality to the Portimão Circuit.

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ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE GRAND FINALS 2017
04 nov – 11 nov 2017
Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals, where each country’s best drivers race for the title, will occur at the International
Karting Circuit of Portimão in Algarve, Portugal from November 4 to 11, 2017.
Portimão will see another impressive final of the karting season with some 300 drivers coming from more than 50 countries during the 16th edition of the world-renown karting race. The track will be a popular choice as most drivers from the 2012 Grand Finals edition agreed that the
circuit had good speed, lots of passing opportunities and elevated fun-to-drive areas. The track surface is nice and smooth and builds up a good grip level

The Portuguese government is actively looking for a Formula 1 event to be staged at the Autodromo.    If it does happen it will put this superb motor racing venue firmly on the world stage.  http://www.autodromodoalgarve.com/Content.aspx?guid=e6e96009-2b13-44a2-be4e-4dc758dc4eb7

Tags: Algarve villas, Autodromo Algarve, Estoril, Faro Airport, holiday rentals, Le Mons, Tomorrow Magazine,

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Discover the Gateway to the Algarve….Faro Airport

Faro airport built in 1965 is situated in the South of Portugal in the popular region of the Algarve.   Six million passengers use Faro each year  I understand the authorities are trying to increase this to eight million.   Some come for the sun, others the golf and some the wine and the Portuguese delicious food.  Indeed some come for all three.  Whichever is the case the majority arrive in the Algarve via Faro Airport.   Here they journey on to their various holiday rentals, a luxurious hotel or magnificent golf resorts.  In 2010 Faro became a Ryanair hub and since the passenger numbers have exploded with new routes opening yearly.

The airport is located about 4 k west of the city of Faro on a coastal inlet a short drive from Praia do Faro a holiday rental destination well worth a visit.   Access to the airport is very good.  The exit road gets you on the motorway the A22 within 10 minutes.  From there you can head west to the centre of the Algarve.  A few kilometres in the same direction you ll come across the exit for the motorway to Lisbon and further north.  By turning east at Faro your heading towards the Spanish border and onward to Sevilla.

Numerous car rental companies are located in the airport precinct of the airport.   All the big named companies are there as are some smaller companies giving excellent value.  Marina Rent a Car is one of my favourites.

Short and long term you have a number of options.   Carpark No 3 is long term and you can book online and pay €5 per night.   Arrive early occasionally the system fails, not good if you’re late for your flight.

 

There is also a regular bus service into Faro from where you can get a bus or train to travel east or west.

The Algarve is the perfect destination for your holidays, where you can enjoy the Mediterranean climate in the several beaches along the rocky coastline and landscape. Is a pleasant and relaxant destination to go with family or friends and make several activities from surf to taste the traditional cuisine.  There are many excellent hotels and villas to rent.  Worth trying is an apartment in Lagos or a villa in Vilamoura.

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Marina Lagos

Which Marina in Algarve are you going to sailing into ?? Today its Lagos

Portugal and indeed the whole of the Mediterranean region of a vast amount of marina s and harbours where you can berth for a night or months.   They have various degrees of services provided for the weary sailor  We are doing a series on various marinas and harbours.

In this article, we look at Lagos Marina in the Algarve and what it offers both the crews of the vessels that dock there, but also the people that frequent the quaysides. The restaurants and bars the ideally located holiday rentals.

 

Because of familiarity, I ll first look at Lagos Marina.   This is an exceptional well-located marina nestled up the channel from the historically famous Lagos Harbour.

Access to the Marina is gained by lifting the pedestrian footbridge.   This footbridge gives access to the marina from the town of Lagos.

This bridge operates from 8 am in the morning to 10pm at night in the summer and from 09.00 to 18.00/19.00 in the winter.

The marina has 462 berths, security is excellent with 24-hour surveillance. To be fair this area of the Algarve has very little crime.
Besides the basic infrastructures, there are separate disposal units for ordinary and recyclable waste on land, as well as emergency telephones connected to the reception and security services. At the entrance to each pontoon (access is by magnetic key) trolleys are available for the use of berth holders. During the high season, a weather report is broadcast twice daily in both Portuguese and English, and shown on screen at the reception, where there is also a notice board with a list of people specializing in different types of repairs.

There is a huge variety of businesses on the side of Lagos Marina.   Check out the excellent bars and restaurants during your stay here.

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Reasons you should always read Tomorrow Magazine in Lagos

Had a quick read of Tomorrow Magazines April edition as always some great articles.

One, in particular, caught my eye written by Stephanie Ginger was titled “Filming by the seat of your pants” Basically it about a film been shot in the Algarve in 6 days on a low budget.   You losing interest already don’t blame you but the article is worth a read.

The film is been made by an international crew that in the past have received awards for their efforts.  Their first film “Second Honeymoon” was also shot in Portugal and got a special “Maverick award at the Flyway Film Festival in the US last year.

Stephine call on the set at Ponta Ruvia which is a remote beach in the extreme west of the Algarve.   Interesting enough I know of some wonderful Algarve Villas  in the area. A Huge amount of Holiday Rentals to choose. She saw exactly what filming in a location like this in entails.  Keep up a copy of Tomorrow today.

Another interesting article is by Pat Allen .   It outlines how Tomorrow has succeeded in collecting €33,000 to replace the old ambulance at Lagos Bombeiros.  The old ambulance was 19 years old and had 600,000 km on its clock.  In the past 7 years, the article states it averaged 3000 health and emergency calls last year.

The new Ambulance is going to be a top of the range Mercedes.   Fully equipped with life-saving modern technology.   Lagos Camara has also stepped up to the mark and supplied a much needed A1 Emergency also fully equipped to deal with any emergency.  The cost of this ambulance is €60,000 and it brings the total fleet to 20 vehicles which are great for Lagos and the surrounding areas.

Many apartments to rent in Lagos that are 3rd, 4th and 5th floors so Bombeiros need modern equipment.   Also, many fires occur in surrounding areas where some luxury Lagos villas  are located

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Patio do Convento in Lagos Portugal

Patio do Convento is a exquisite develop Lagos apartments located  in the ancient city of Lagos.   Its yellow painted outer walls can be viewed from most locations in Lagos.   A number of nationalities have purchased holiday homes there.  Others just visit year after year.  The accommodation consists of one, two and three bed-roomed apartments.  There are also penthouses on the top floor.  All blocks are serviced by 2 lifts.  This means you never waiting any length of time to get to apartment.  But it does create an extra financial burden on the owners.  The lifts and other areas of the condominium are managed by Loja do Condomino. Gas is supplied to each apartment by Gasverde. There central gas reservoir is location in front of No 2 across the road from Fresco restaurant.

If your staying in an apartment to rent in Lagos there a number of locations you must visit.  Lagos Marina is located on the Bay of Lagos amidst the best beaches in the Algarve. The entrance to the Marina de Lagos is via a constructed channel that leads to the pontoons. A pedestrian draw bridge protect s the entrance and exit from the Marina. Lagos has the privilege of being in the heart of the ever welcoming Portugal.

Why should you visit the Lagos Marina?

There are many to reasons to bring you to Lagos Marina.  It has some of the best Marina facilities in Europe.  You will find the staff here helpful and friendly which help to make your time here stress free.

The offshore accommodation  is plentiful with luxurious Lagos  Marina apartments two minutes from the quay side. The Lagos holiday rental Apartments or Lagos Marina Villas are always sought after.   Better to  book prior to your trip or with the help of http://www.goholidaylets.com.

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