Author: Nazia Irfan

Pastel De Nata (Portuguese Custard Tart) Everdure Dessert Recipe

If you see yourself as a bit of a star baker then why not bake a dessert with a twist, with Everdure’s BBQ. The Furnace BBQ creates a 360-degree circulation around the food, creating the perfect environment for baking.

If this week’s Great British Bake Off (GBBO) has encouraged you to get your bowl and whisk out, then why not have a go at baking these Portuguese Custard Tarts in your Furnace BBQ.

Ingredients (Makes 80)

For the dough
1000g wheat flour type 55
15g salt
550g cold water, approximately 5°C
1 large egg
500g low-water unsalted butter
200g lard

For the custard
The Syrup
1000g white caster sugar
1 lemon, zested
1 cinnamon stick

The Cream
1000g whole milk
100g cornflour
100g plain flour
14 large egg yolks
1 large egg


  1. In the bowl of a stand-up mixer fitted with a dough hook, add the flour, salt, egg and some of the water. Begin to mix on low speed and start adding the remaining water, keeping it mind it may not need all the water. Continue mixing until a smooth dough is formed, continue mixing until the dough becomes elastic. Remove from the bowl, cover in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. In a clean bowl of a stand-up mixer fitter with the paddle attachment, add the butter and the lard. Begin to mix at low speed for a couple of minutes followed by a few minutes at medium speed or until the mixture has become one. Divide into 3 equal parts.
  3. Remove the pastry from the fridge and roll out into a large rectangle measuring 0.5cm in thickness. Spread 1/3 of the butter mixture on 2/3 of the dough. Fold the 1/3 of the dough, without butter, onto the middle 1/3 of the dough. Fold the remaining 1/3 of the dough with butter on top. Place on a tray and cover with cling film. Place in the fridge to rest for 15 minutes. Repeat the process 1 more time.
  4. Roll the dough one more time into a large rectangle measuring 1/2 cm in thickness. Spread the remainder butter on the surface of the dough. Lifting the dough from the longer edge, roll the dough into a long cylinder. Place on a tray covered with cling film and place in the fridge for 15 minutes. Cut the ends of the cylinder. At this point the dough could be cut into smaller cylinders and kept in the freezer.
  5. For the custard, make the syrup by adding the sugar to 500g water in a pan over medium heat. Add the lemon zest and cinnamon and allow to boil until the mixture reaches 105°C. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  6. To make the cream component of the custard, place the milk into a medium size pan over medium heat. Add the cornflour and allow to simmer while whisking, until the milk thickens. In a bowl, combine flour with 200g water until completely mixed. Add in the warmed milk and mix thoroughly.
  7. Then, add the syrup to the cream and whisk until mixed through. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks and eggs until light and creamy. Add some of the cream mixture and continue to mix to temper the mix. Slowly add the rest of the cream mixture while continuously whisking. Allow to rest for 1 hour. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve discarding the lemon zest and cinnamon stick.
  8. To assemble, cut small discs out of the dough and place in individual tins measuring 5.5cm in diameter and 2cm in height. With wet thumbs, carefully press the pastry down and spread to the sides of the tin, ensuring the pastry is even in thickness throughout.
  9. Preheat the Furnace BBQ and place a pizza stone inside. Close the lid and allow the temperature to come to 350°C. Fill each pastry case with the custard and lightly torch the surfaces of each with a blowtorch. Place 10-12 tins at a time on the pizza stone and close the lid. Cook for 12-14 minutes before carefully removing the tins and setting aside. Repeat until all the tins are cooked.
  10. Allow the cooked Pastel de Nata to rest before removing from the tins. Serve warm with powder sugar and ground cinnamon on top.


Benefits of Playing Table Tennis!

If high-intensity fitness exercises are not your thing then maybe it’s time to give table tennis a go. Also known as ping pong, the game is played in more than 200 countries worldwide and is growing in popularity in the UK. The reduced movement required makes table tennis an ideal recreational sport for all ages and abilities.

Below are just some of the benefits to playing a game of table tennis:

  1. Improves hand-eye coordination – Playing table tennis helps stimulate mental alertness, concentration and tactical strategy. It is the perfect game for both young and old to sharpen reflexes.
  2. Develops mental acuteness – A key element of table tennis is the speed, spin and placement of the ball. Research has found that regular players of table tennis are highly skilled in both creating and solving puzzles.
  3. Improves reflexes – Due to the fast-paced, short-distance nature of table tennis, it helps improve muscle movements.
  4. Great for the joints – Unlike some physical exercises, table tennis does not put too much pressure on your joints and can, in fact, improve leg, arm and core strength. It doesn’t matter what fitness form you are in; a game of table tennis can be enjoyed by everyone, even if you’ve had a knee surgery.
  5. Good for weight loss – Even a 10-minute game of table tennis can do wonders for your fitness. A 150-pound person in weight can burn around 272 calories by playing table tennis for one hour. Considering how addictive the game is, you will be playing it for hours.
  6. Sociable – Table tennis can be enjoyed by everyone irrespective of age, physical ability or gender, therefore, helps improve communication and build relations. Buying a table tennis table for your home will allow siblings and parents to spend more quality time together whilst playing.
  7. Improves Balance – Staying balanced and being able to quickly change directions are key to being successful in a ping pong rally. With regular play, it will help improve balance.
  8. It’s Fun – Give it a go and we can guarantee you will share hours of joy and laughter.

With all these benefits it’s no wonder that table tennis has been dubbed “the world’s best brain sports” by America’s best-known psychiatrist, Dr Daniel Amen.

Fun Facts
  • Table tennis has been an Olympic sport since 1988.
  • In professional table-tennis volleys, the ball can reach speeds as high as 90mph.
  • Table tennis is the national sport of China.
  • Table tennis is one of the most popular indoor sports in the world. It is estimated that 300 million people, worldwide play ping pong.

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