Portuguese Cheese Tarts, also known as Queijadas de Leite, are a classic dessert from Portugal made with simple ingredients commonly found in your pantry. These tarts have a creamy and custardy center with a crispy outer layer, making them absolutely irresistible!
The Recipe for Portuguese Cheese Tarts (Queijadas de Leite)
Indulge in these creamy and crispy tarts that will leave you craving for more. They were a staple at family gatherings, holidays, and special occasions when I was growing up.
A Family Secret Recipe
These tarts hold a special place in my heart as they are my Mom’s famous secret recipe. Passed down through generations, this recipe is a treasure.
A Variation of the Classic Portuguese Egg Custard Tarts
You might be familiar with the famous Portuguese Egg Custard Tarts, known as Pastel de Nata, with their flaky crust and creamy egg custard filling. While those tarts are tricky to make, Portuguese Cheese Tarts offer a delightful alternative. They have the same delicious custard filling but without the flaky crust.
What Ingredients Do You Need for Portuguese Cheese Tarts (Queijadas de Leite)?
I’m a big fan of desserts that require minimal effort and use basic ingredients that are always on hand. This recipe calls for only five ingredients: milk, eggs, flour, butter, and sugar. You can also add a touch of cinnamon, which is optional but highly recommended.
How to Make Portuguese Cheese Tarts (Queijadas de Leite)
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Preheat your oven to 350°F and generously grease your muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray. This recipe will fill 18 cups of a muffin tin.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, and melted butter with a fork or whisk until the mixture is smooth.
Add the flour to the bowl and mix until the batter becomes smooth.
Gradually pour in the warm milk while continuously mixing until the batter is smooth. It will be thin and runny.
Fill each greased muffin tin cup about 3/4 full with the batter.
Bake the tarts on the middle rack of the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until they turn golden brown. As they bake, the tarts will puff up, but don’t worry, they will sink slightly as they cool.
Once out of the oven, you can sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon on top of each tart for added flavor (optional).
Allow the tarts to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes before carefully removing them. Use a knife or cake spatula to help loosen the edges and remove the tarts from the pan.
Serve and savor these delightful Portuguese Cheese Tarts!
Looking for More Easy Sweet Treats?
If you love simple and delicious desserts, here are a few more recipes you should try:
- Mini Berry Dutch Babies – Quick and easy to make using a blender and muffin tin.
- Rice Pudding – A sweet and creamy treat topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon, perfect for after-dinner indulgence.
- Banana Bread – With its moist texture and intense banana flavor, this recipe is a must-try. Plus, it only requires a few basic pantry ingredients.
Enjoy these delightful recipes and let me know how they turn out!
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