Program - Gourmet - Lisbon - Portugal
Pasteis de Belem: the secret Portuguese recipe

The story about the most popular Lisbon's delicacy

Pasteis de Belem or Pastel de Nata is a Portuguese tart egg pastry that can be found in almost every corner in Portugal. Crispy on the outside, sweet and creamy on the inside the Pastel de Nata is an absolute must for a traveler’s experience to try this local treasure. They are made of egg, yolk, milk, some flour, and sugar. You can surely eat them as they are since they are truly delicious. But you can always sprinkle them with powdered sugar and cinnamon. However, it is how they make them that considers them so special. The recipe is so secret that all bakers signed nondisclosure agreements to keep the timeless tarts a true mystery.

The recipe was invented by the monks that lived in the Monastery in Jeronimos in the early 19th century. They started selling these tarts as an effort to bring some income to the monastery. When the monastery closed in 1834, the recipe was sold to the eventual owners that own the little shop now which opened in 1837.

After you finish your tour around Lisbon, don’t forget to visit the Factory of Pasteis de Belém, sit down and enjoy one of Portugal’s biggest treasure with coffee or tea.