Sometimes you’ll find paixão in the strangest places.

Portugal’s most famous dessert, the ‘pastéis de nata’ or egg custard tart is famous worldwide, and believed to have been created before the 18th century by Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon. At the time, convents and monasteries used large quantities of egg whites for the starching of clothes. From the yolk leftovers, a legend was born.

A combination of crispy, slightly salty pastry with the sweetness and smoothness of cream makes for perfect pastéis de nata. Handmade, just like they were then, fresh out of the oven, there’s really nothing quite like these tarts.