Keto Pasteis de Nata
What does that mean? Behind the scenes, it says that last year I was on a backpacking trip through Portugal (which has been one of my favorite vacation so far), and tried lots of their fabulous desserts, including world-famous Pasteis de Nata.
Naturally, it is pastry, but it is a necessity to try for every visitor, especially in Lisbon’s Belem where they originate from. Of course, I tried them out. That wouldn’t go without some unpleasant consequences because of gluten and sugar load, though. Nevertheless, I am not sorry today. Now, I’m coming up with a low-carb, sugar and gluten-free variant of the fantastic Portuguese egg pastry. Thus, here come the keto friendly custard tarts.
The original custard tarts are crunchy on the outside (well, the side effect of them being pastry), and soft and creamy on the inside. Obviously, I couldn’t come close to the crunchiness with a low-carb approach unless I tried to overbake (in other words burn) the dough. Unless somewhere out there lies an essential secret that I still need to discover about keto baking, keto “pastry” will never be crunchy and not-overburnt and dried-out at the same time. We’ll see, I am an optimist and still young enough to learn much much more of the art of baking.