Easy Portuguese Milk Tarts Recipe (Queijadas De Leite)

Easy Portuguese Milk Tarts Recipe (Queijadas De Leite)
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These Portuguese milk tarts known as queijadas de leite in Portugal are super easy and quick to make, you can have a batch made up in just about 35 minutes. Here is an Easy Portuguese milk tarts recipe (Queijadas De Leite) with step by step instructions with pictures.

A shout out to my husband for sharing this step-by-step easy Portuguese milk tarts recipe ( Queijadas De Leite) with me and all of you.

To make these quintessential Portuguese milk cake tartlets, all you need are 5 simple ingredients, flour, sugar, eggs, butter and milk. That’s it….Nada else!

I was recently inspired to make these sweet spongy creamy traditional Portuguese milk tarts at a recent Thanksgiving family gathering. It was love at first bite. These queijadas de leite quickly became the talk around the table with my sister in law suggesting that I add this recipe to my blog.

The focus quickly went towards my husband who is a professional baker and within a second this easy Portuguese milk tarts recipe sung out of his mouth! I couldn’t believe these addictive creamy traditional queijadas de leite were so easy to make and only took about 35 minutes.

If your a frequent visitor here, you probably recall me calling out my husband a few times who has shared some of his favorite Portuguese recipes with me like this Pastel de Nata (Custard tarts) , Azorean Massa Sovada , Bolos Levedos and Bolos De Arroz.

There something about Portuguese desserts that’s so special and welcoming, like these Portuguese milk tarts. I hope you enjoy this queijadas de leite recipe as much as we do.

Are you ready to make these Traditional Easy Portuguese Milk Tarts Recipe (Queijadas De Leite)? Let’s do it!

Ingredients For Portuguese Milk Tarts

  • 3/4 cup of all purpose flour (100 grams)
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar (200 grams
  • 2 cups of milk (480 grams)
  • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter (60 grams)
  • 100 grams whole eggs (2 large eggs)

How To Make Portuguese Milk Tarts (Queijadas De Leite)?

Step 1.

Gather and pre-scale all the ingredients and pre-heat your oven to 185ºC (365ºF.

Step 2.

Add the flour and sugar into a bowl and mix to combine with a whisk for about 30 seconds.

Step 3.

Add one egg and mix into the flour mixture just until absorbed about 10 seconds.

Step 4.

Add the second egg mixing until the batter begins to thickens.

The batter will look like the picture below once combined.

Step 5.

Add the melted unsalted butter into the mixture and mix until well combined about 30 seconds. Below is a picture showing the butter being added to the batter.

Portuguese milk tart batter should look like this when butter is incorporated.

Step 6.

Pour in the milk slowly, I poured 1/2 cup at a time mixing in-between each addition.

The queijadas de leite batter should appear like the picture below once all the milk has been added and both mixtures have be well mixed and combined and homogenized. Batter should have some bubbles at the surface.

As you can see, the Portuguese milk tart batter is very liquid, don’t worry it will all set during the baking.

Step 7.

Grease a muffin pan with cooking spray. You can dust some flour into the cavities of the muffin mold if you want, but I just sprayed them.

Step 8.

Fill each of the muffin cups almost to the top of the rim as shown on the picture.

Step 9.

Bake in a preheated oven of about 25-30 minutes or until golden at the top, these milk tarts took exactly 25 minutes to bake.

Just a heads up, these milk tarts will puff up at the crowns towards the end of the baking cycle because of the steam build up in the tarts.

The picture below shows the Portuguese milk tarts puffing up during the baking.

When you remove the Portuguese milk tarts from the oven, that steam will escape and the queijadas de leite top will slightly cave in at the top which is part of it’s unique characteristics.

Remove from oven an allow to cool in muffin pan for about 15 minutes, this will allow the tarts to separate from the sides of the muffin pan so that they can be removed without being stuck.

If you notice that some parts are stuck, use a butter knife or fork to loosen them away from the side walls.

I love to eat these queijadas de leite as is but if you want to experience how they are served in Portugal sprinkle them with cinnamon or icing sugar.

Enjoy!

queijadas de leite recipe

Easy Portuguese Milk Tarts Recipe (Queijadas De Leite)

These Portuguese milk tarts known as queijadas de leite in Portugal are super easy and quick to make, you can have a batch made up in just about 35 minutes.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Azorean, Brazilian, Portuguese
Servings 12 pieces
Calories 80 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup of all purpose flour 100 grams
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar (200 grams
  • 2 cups of milk 480 grams
  • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter 60 grams
  • 100 grams whole eggs 2 large eggs

Instructions
 

  • Gather and pre-scale all the ingredients, then pre-heat your oven to 185ºC (365ºF.
  • Combine the flour and sugar into a bowl and mix together with a whisk for about 30 seconds.
  • Add one egg and mix into the flour mixture just until absorbed about 10 seconds.
  • Now add the second egg mixing until the batter begins thickens.
  • Add the melted unsalted butter into the mixture and mix until well combined about 30 seconds.
  • Pour in the milk slowly, I poured 1/2 cup at a time, mixing in-between each addition.
  • The batter should be runny and have some bubbles at the surface.
  • Grease a muffin pan with cooking spray. You can dust some flour into the cavities of the muffin molds if you want but i just sprayed them.
  • Fill each of the muffin cup almost to the top of the muffin tins.
  • Bake in preheated oven of about 25-30 minutes or until golden at the top, these milk tarts took exactly 25 minutes to bake.
  • Remove from oven an allow to cool in muffin pan for about 15 minutes, this will allow the tarts to separate from the sides of the muffin pan so that they can be removed without being stuck. If you notice that some parts are stuck, use a butter knife or fork to loosen them away from the side walls.
  • Serve with some cinnamon powder or icing sugar.
  • Enjoy!
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