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Pastel de Nata Workshop at REAL Bakery

Mafra, PortugalPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

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Cooking experience hosted by Zara & João

2 hours
Portuguese
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese

What you'll do

This is the only cooking class in Portugal where you get to learn about pastry making inside a real award-winning Portuguese bakery - just 30 mins from Lisbon!

The class starts with an introduction to the history of Pastel de Nata as well as the family-run bakery where this workshop takes place. While we talk, you will also get to try other traditional pastries João's bakery is famous for.

After you've geared up, you'll go inside the kitchen of João's very own "pastelaria". This is where you will learn how to bake the irresistible Portuguese Custard Tarts (aka Pastel de Nata / Egg Tarts) everybody loves!

Unlike other Pastel de Nata classes around Lisbon, we will show you how to make puff pastry like the pros. Afterwards, we will make the custard from scratch and bake it all inside a professional oven. During this class we all work together as a team. Everyone will get to make at least 3 tarts by hand - spread the dough with a specific Pastel de Nata technique, fill in the custard, etc. The end result will be a collaborative effort. A delicious one, of course! ;)

In the end, we'll eat the warm tarts with coffee, tea, Port wine or sour cherry liqueur!

* ADULTS & CHILDREN welcome! NO previous cooking experience required! We also organize VERY FUN private experiences and delicious baking parties. We can also run workshops at DIFFERENT TIMINGS. Let us know what works for you!
Other things to note
Default classes happen in English, or bilingual depending on participants. If you'd like to book a private class for your group in French, Spanish, Portuguese or English get in touch and we'll arrange it for you!
This is the only cooking class in Portugal where you get to learn about pastry making inside a real award-winning Portuguese bakery - just 30 mins from Lisbon!

The class starts with an introduction to the history of Pastel de Nata as well as the family-run bakery where this workshop takes place. While we talk, you will also get to try other traditional pastries João's bakery is famous for.

After you've geared up, you'll go i…

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What's included

  • Food
    Pastel de Nata
    You'll get to enjoy 3 Portuguese Custard Tarts. You ca...
  • Drinks
    Coffee, tea or Ginjinha
    Enjoy your Pastel de Nata with a drink of your...
  • Equipment
    We arrange all ingredients and baking tools. We also provide aprons, hair n...
From £37
/ person
Mon, 1 Feb
15:00 - 17:00
£46 per person
£46 per person
Wed, 3 Feb
15:00 - 17:00
£46 per person
£46 per person
Thu, 4 Feb
15:00 - 17:00
£46 per person
£46 per person

Meet your host, Zara & João

Host on Airbnb since 2011
  • 948 Reviews
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I'm Zara, a Portuguese food writer. I got fed up seeing tourists who come to Portugal pay big bucks for cooking classes that aren't always representative of our food culture. That's why I've teamed up with my friend João, who is a 5th generation baker, to share this experience with you!

João grew up in the hospitality business. At 13 years of age, João decided to embrace the family tradition of baking treats. He helps running his family business consisting of 3 bakeries, which have won 3rd Best Pastel de Nata in Lisbon! He will be the one welcoming you into his bakery and teaching you how to make Pastel de Nata at home!

NOTE: this experience used to run in the centre of Lisbon but, because of Covid19 related changes, we are now happily hosting in the town of Malveira, in Mafra, a well-known area famous for its food related traditions
I'm Zara, a Portuguese food writer. I got fed up seeing tourists who come to Portugal pay big bucks for cooking classes that aren't always representative of our food culture. That's why I've teamed up with my friend João, who is a 5th generation baker, to share this experience with you!

João grew up in the hospitality business. At 13 years of age, João decided to embrace the family tradition of baking treats. He helps running his family business consisting of 3 bakeries, which have wo…
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Where you'll be

Can't wait to welcome you into our professional bakery kitchen! This class takes place in the "real world", using the same tools pro bakers use every day to delight locals and visitors with the best custard tarts.

Rated 4.89 out of 5 from 948 reviews.

Ana Isabel
January 2021
Foi uma experiência magnífica em família! O João foi muito atencioso e competente, adorámos a forma como nos recebeu e encaminhou ao longo do workshop. E os pasteis de nata, uma maravilha!! Recomendamos, sem dúvida.
Markus
October 2020
If you want to have a genuine Portuguese experience, go and bake some Pasteis with João! His family run business is in my view the best place to learn this tradition. I had a million questions about how to make those little parcels of happiness, all of them have been answered from the very knowledgeable and passionate baker that João is. The workshop was really fun and relaxed, which is just what you want on holiday.
If you want to have a genuine Portuguese experience, go and bake some Pasteis with João! His family run business is in my view the best place to learn this tradition. I had a milli…
Julie & Stephen
October 2020
João is extremely friendly, knowledge and passionate! He broke down the process in simple steps making it easy to replicate the recipe at home. We not only got to learn about pastel de nata making but also discovered and tasted other Portuguese specialities as well as history around Mafra! We had simply a great time and would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the region.
João is extremely friendly, knowledge and passionate! He broke down the process in simple steps making it easy to replicate the recipe at home. We not only got to learn about pas…
Rafael
October 2020
Excelente! O João é um ótimo anfitrião e sabe receber muito bem. Foi incansável na explicações e em tirar as nossas dúvidas. Deu-nos a conhecer a sua história, de como começou e a sua paixão pela pastelaria. Verdadeiramente genuíno e uma experiência única. Obrigado.
Excelente! O João é um ótimo anfitrião e sabe receber muito bem. Foi incansável na explicações e em tirar as nossas dúvidas. Deu-nos a conhecer a sua história, de como começou e a…
Beata
October 2020
Really cool and fun experience! Joao was a great host, and the pastels we made are sooooo delicious :) highly recommend as this is a fun experience and something you can take with you and re-create back home.
Filipe
September 2020
I offered this workshop to my mother, who loves to cook and her speciality is baking and desserts. She was fascinated with the whole experience, and amazingly she learned quite a lot. Whether you are Portuguese, local or from far, I recommend this experience. Besides, the Pasteis de Nata are definitely of superb quality and taste.
I offered this workshop to my mother, who loves to cook and her speciality is baking and desserts. She was fascinated with the whole experience, and amazingly she learned quite a l…

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Dietary preferences

If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like your needs to be accommodated.
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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 4 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Comfortable light clothing

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