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Portuguese Milk Tarts (Queijadas de Leite) – EASY

Portuguese Milk Tarts, Queijadas de Leite, are a traditional Portuguese dessert made with pantry staple ingredients. They are creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside!

Queijadas de Leite Portugese Tarts plated on a wood board with a rooster

Portuguese Milk Tarts (Queijadas de Leite) Recipe

These tarts are creamy and custardy in the middle and crispy on the outside. A must try… but be warned, they are highly addictive!

Growing up my Mom made these for special occasions, holidays and birthdays. Everyone would always get even more excited for a gathering knowing there would be queijadas de leite.

This is my Moms famous family secret recipe!

You may be familiar with Portuguese Egg Custard Tarts – Pastel de Nata, which has a flaky crust on the outside and a creamy egg custard filling. These are the most famous dessert of Portugal and one of my favorites. However, they are quite tricky to make. Portuguese Milk Tarts are another variation of Egg Custard Tarts but without the flaky crust and they are just as delicious!

What is in Portuguese Milk Tarts (Queijadas de Leite)?

ingredients to make Queijadas de Leite Portugese Tarts plated on a wood board
  • My favorite kind of desserts are ones that I can whip up in a flash with only a few pantry staple ingredients. This is one of those great recipes that only needs 5 ingredients – milk, eggs, flour, butter and sugar. The cinnamon is optional but highly recommended.

How to Make Portuguese Milk Tarts (Queijadas de Leite)

steps to make queijadas de leite portuguese tarts

Full Printable Recipe Below

Check out my short video tutorial here

1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray (recipe will fill 18 cups of a muffin tin).

2 In a large bowl beat the eggs, sugar and melted butter with a fork or whisk until smooth.

3 Add in the flour and mix until smooth.

4 Add in the warm milk and mix until smooth. The batter will be very thin and runny.

5 Pour into greased muffin tins filling each cup 3/4 of the way full.

6 Bake 20 – 30 minutes, or until golden brown, on the middle rack of oven. Note: while baking the tarts will puff up and while cooling they will sink.

7 Remove from oven. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of each tart (optional).

8 Allow tarts to cool in pan for 5-10 minutes and then carefully remove from pan. Use a knife or cake spatula to loosen the edges of the tart from the pan to remove.

9 Serve and enjoy!

Queijadas de Leite Portugese Tarts plated on a wood board with a rooster

Looking for More Simple Sweets?

Try some of my favorite simple dessert recipes:

  • Mini Berry Dutch Babies – so quick and easy to make using a blender and muffin tin!
  • Rice Pudding – sweet and creamy rice pudding topped with a pinch of cinnamon is the perfect after dinner treat!
  • Banana Breadsuper moist texture, rich banana flavor it is a must try. This recipe is so simple and only needs a few pantry staple ingredients.
Queijadas de Leite Portugese Tarts plated on a wood board with a rooster

Enjoy!

– Sab

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Queijadas de Leite Portugese Tarts plated on a wood board with a rooster

Portuguese Milk Tarts (Queijadas de Leite)

Portuguese Milk Tarts, Queijadas de Leite, are traditional Portuguese dessert made with pantry staple ingredients. These are the perfect last minute dessert to bake up before a get together. These are creamy and custardy in the middle and crispy on the outside. A must try… but be warned, they are highly addictive!
4.80 from 29 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Portuguese
Servings 18 tarts
Calories 147 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups milk, warm, microwave 30 seconds
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cups flour, all purpose

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray (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 smooth.
  • Add in the flour and mix until smooth.
  • Add in the warm milk and mix until smooth. The batter will be very thin and runny.
  • Pour into the greased muffin tins filling each cup 3/4 of the way full.
  • Bake 20 – 30 minutes, or until golden brown, on the middle rack of oven.
  • Note: while baking the tarts will puff up and while cooling they will sink.
  • Remove from oven. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of each tart (optional).
  • Allow tarts to cool in pan for 5-10 minutes and then carefully remove from pan. Use a knife or cake spatula to loosen the edges of the tart from the pan to remove.

Video

Notes

Note/Tip: Milk must be warm and eggs must be at room temperature. If they are cold the melted butter will harden while making the batter and the batter will be lumpy and not bake properly.
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NUTRITION

Calories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 39mgPotassium: 52mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 142IUCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
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Monique Brown

Wednesday 9th of November 2022

Sab, can these be frozen? If not, how long could you store/refrigerate them for? Thanks!

fedbysab

Thursday 10th of November 2022

Hi Monique, I would not recommend freezing them. You can store them in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. My mom has been making them for years, this is her recipe, she has not tried freezing them but they do last in the fridge. When they are stored in the fridge they do not stay as crispy but you can warm them up in the oven before serving them again :)

Donna Height

Sunday 23rd of October 2022

Ohhh my gosh I remember having these when I was younger and never could remember the name of them. I'm soo happy I finally found this recipe. I'm making them now as I type lol

Vanessa

Wednesday 12th of May 2021

Can I put the mixture in puff pastry and bake it?