photo: Portuguese Vanilla Cream Puff Cakes

Portuguese Vanilla Cream Puff Cakes

Puff cakes with cream are originally from the city of Belén, and a special dish of Portugal. They are served in many cafes and restaurants across the country, not just in Belen. It isn’t difficult to prepare such cakes at home, the only "but" is that to prepare cream you will need many egg yolks. What about the egg whites? For example, bake meringues. But it is a different story and now let's cook a treat from Portugal.
45 min
10 servings


  • Puff pastry
    450 g
  • Egg yolks
    10 pcs
  • Cream 20%
    300 g
  • Sugar
    180 g
  • Vanilla
    - to taste
  • Lemon zest
    1 tsp
  • Whole wheat flour
    3 tbsp


  • 1. If the puff pastry is frozen, from the evening let’s transfer it to the fridge so that it delicately unfreezes. Note that cream is measured not in milliliters, but in grams. Mix sugar with vanillin. Take the zest off the lemon on small grater.

    Preparation of cakes begins with preparation of vanilla custard. It can be cooked on a water bath, which will significantly increase the time of dessert preparation. And you can cook it by putting a saucepan on the smallest fire and, stir constantly, control the process so that the custard doesn’t overheat.

    So, in a saucepan with a thick bottom pour sugar with vanillin, add egg yolks and lemon zest.
  • 2. In a small ware let’s pour off 4-5 tbsps. of cream. Pour the rest of the cream in a saucepan with yolks and whip slightly with the wire whisk. Put the mixture on a small fire and slowly warm up, stirring.
  • 3. To those cream that we poured off in a small ware, add flour and mix everything with a wire whisk until homogeneity. Pour the flour mixture into a hot egg base for the custard and continue to cook until thickening, without stopping stirring.
  • 4. Hot custard is pretty liquid. Its readiness can be checked in a following way: sink the wooden spoon in the custard, and then with a finger let’s draw a line. If the line stays and does not flow, then the custard is ready.

    Before moving on, let’s grate the custard through the sieve and cool down by covering with the food wrap "in contact." You can speed up the cooling process by putting a ware with custard in ice or in ice water.
  • 5. Heat the oven to 200-205 ° C and prepare forms for baking portion cupcakes. If necessary, grease forms with vegetable oil. Cut out circles from the puff pastry. Their diameter depends on the forms in which the cakes will be baked. Line forms with puff pastry to make high sides, pin the bottom of the preparations with a fork, and then fill with cooled custard. It is not necessary to pour custard to the edges of the dough, because in the oven it will boil and slightly increase in volume, and therefore, can flow over the edges.
  • 6. Bake cakes in a pre-heated oven for 15 minutes, then, without opening the oven, lower the temperature to 180 ° C and bake for another 15-20 minutes or to a golden brown crust. Let the ready cakes cool down a little at first in baking forms and then on a cooking rack.
  • 7. Cakes can be served in both warm and cold form. The custard will freeze in fully cooled cakes, and will not flow out when you bite.
  • 8. In Portugal, ready-made cakes are powdered with a small amount of ground cinnamon before serving.

    Bon Appetite!