There is no such thing as a scarcity of custard, from the classics and rivals of Belém or Manteigaria, the irreverent ones with ardour fruit filling, those with ice cream and those with out something of animal origin. However, Rita Sousa (29) determined to start out making vanilla sauce in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and share it with the Dutch in Eindhoven, town the place she left two weeks earlier than the pandemic broke out.
“After I went there, I had a contract with a really small firm, in Eindhoven, and with the pandemic they needed to cut back my working hours, there was no want for thus many individuals, and I began to have a part-time plan. I labored 24 hours per week, so I had each afternoon and Friday off, and I believed I needed to do one thing to fill the time. “says Rita, educated in medical psychology and dealing in IT recruitment.
I might have finished something, like bread that nearly everybody devoted to kneading within the pandemic, however that was not what I wished to do. “I actually wish to prepare dinner, make truffles, and I actually like pastéis de nata. And it was actually one thing I knew I might make, bread didn’t style so good. Nice it’s: they’re very fast to make and the bread not a lot “, he explains.
The time in jail was then used to make custard, and he determined to make them out there on a Fb group in Eindhoven. “I mentioned who I used to be, what I used to be doing there and that I used to be making Portuguese custard, if anybody wished. I did it and went to lunch. Half an hour later I had greater than 30 messages receiving orders for that day, and I believed: ‘Oh!, My God, what now?’ He jokes.
Essentially the most grasping have been the Dutch, he additionally appeared for folks of different nationalities, however he obtained requests from a couple of Portuguese who by the way in which “have been essentially the most troublesome prospects”, Rita admits. We’re demanding, admittedly, maybe as a result of the vanilla oysters inform us a lot, however that’s exactly why it’s crucial to present worth when they’re made with higher consideration to element.
That is how Rita Sousas’ merchandise are made and, given the success, gave rise to the model The Custard Natas, which she manages collectively along with her boyfriend Paulo Martins, 31, and which excels in a single phrase: handmade.
“Artisanal implies that every little thing is made at dwelling. From the puff pastry which is selfmade, not purchased, the cream is selfmade, the eggs are principally selfmade as effectively. The entire course of is made by me from the start on the finish and I believe that’s precisely what separates them aside: the truth that we shouldn’t have a mass manufacturing implies that we are able to spend just a little extra time on every pastel de nata and make certain that they’re good », says the confectioner to The Custard Natas.
“Individuals focus primarily on the dough half, and after they notice that it’s selfmade, they instantly give a distinct worth to the pastry and admire it extra. It turns into much less lumpy and other people prefer it and find yourself repeating it,” provides Paulo to.
Are the Portuguese actually that troublesome to beat?
After this description, you get water in your mouth and suppose that it’s a must to journey to Eindhoven to get to know The Custard Nata’s pastries. Disillusion your self. In March 2022, Rita and Paulo, a grasp in electrical engineering, who additionally labored in Eindhoven for about 5 years, returned to Portugal and that is the place they proceed the model.
Each preserve their earlier professions in step with the venture and introduce a distinct kind of pastel de nata, extra genuine, with out chilled pasta.
In Holland it was troublesome to win over the Portuguese, however round right here there was a full of life spherical of orders that make Rita make batches in all her free time. Even as a result of the supply goes past the standard.
Custard Natas has the basic pastel de nata, with Nutella and one other with peanut butter (from € 8 for a field of six pastries) and in addition muffins in the identical flavors (from € 1.20) and milk cheesecakes (from € 6.50). This was additionally the supply in Holland, the place they tried to make Portuguese sweets well-known, however as soon as in Portugal, which already is aware of these delicacies, the purpose is to indicate different forms of merchandise.
Brownie, peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies and M & Ms have been then launched (from € 6 for a field of six).
It’s also doable to order a tasting field (from € 6).
At Christmas time, it could possibly be Holland’s flip to come back to Portugal with the launch of the standard Amsterdam stroopwafels, mixed with our egg jam, or a pastel de nata flavored with speculoos of Christmas truffles from Lotus, stuffed with spices. The following one is open, however for now you may style a pastel de nata recent out of the oven.
Orders should be positioned through a non-public message on Instagram and deliveries work at a time, date and place agreed or on a take-away foundation at Rita and Paulo’s dwelling, in Odivelas.