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Host: João

Lisbon, Portugal

USD
$62 per person

Traditional Pastel de Nata Cooking Class in a Bakery in Mafra

Host offerings
  • Cooking studio
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet João

João is a fifth generation baker who grew up inside the food business. Born and raised in the countryside outside of Lisbon, João grew up inside the restaurant and then bakery that his parents ran. He first started baking seriously at the age of 13 with his family, and then went on to study hospitality and hotel management. Following in the footsteps of his parents, who are about to open their third bakery and have won awards for their Pão de Mafra, a traditional Portuguese bread, João recently opened his own bakery that specializes in pastel de nata. Pastel de nata is an iconic Portuguese egg tart dessert famous in Lisbon and beyond. Join João in his bakery where he will share the secrets of how to make incredible pastel de nata from scratch.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (1-10 guests) Your traditional pastel de nata cooking class will begin at João’s bakery near Lisbon, in the historical area of Mafra. Gather in the bakery at a group table where you will enjoy a tasting of Portuguese sweets as João introduces the iconic pastel de nata. Then get dressed, donning an apron and hair net, and enter into the bakeries production area where your pastel de nata cooking class will begin. First, learn to make the puff pastry that is the base of this rich and delectable dessert. João will lead the puff pastry making process but you will also participate and be able to try some of the essential steps. Then learn to make the pastel de nata custard, at the heart of this traditional dessert. This will be a collaborative effort with the custard being made jointly in one large cooking pot. After the custard is made, receive your own molds and learn how to shape the dough and fill the molds with your custard before they are baked. Each person will have the opportunity to make three of these bite-sized desserts. João will teach you what to look for while the tarts are baking in the oven as you learn more about the history of the dessert. As you allow the tarts to cool, go back to the café to enjoy a coffee or a traditional Portuguese sour cherry liqueur, ginjinha. Then enjoy your perfect pastel de nata together! Recipes will be provided after the class so you can recreate these desserts at home.

Notes: Please note unlike the majority of Traveling Spoon's offerings, this experience is not private. It takes place in your host João’s bakery and there may be other guests also participating in this experience. If you request a private experience at a date or time of your preference, please get in touch and let us know - we'd be happy to arrange a wonderful experience for you and your group!

Languages spoken: English, Portuguese, Spanish, French

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Pastel de Nata (Portuguese custard tarts) and samples of other local sweets

Traveler reviews

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Lisbon Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
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João

$62 USD

per person
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$62 $62 $62
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$62 $62 $62
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
3:00pm-5:00pm

Meet João

João is a fifth generation baker who grew up inside the food business. Born and raised in the countryside outside of Lisbon, João grew up inside the restaurant and then bakery that his parents ran. He first started baking seriously at the age of 13 with his family, and then went on to study hospitality and hotel management. Following in the footsteps of his parents, who are about to open their third bakery and have won awards for their Pão de Mafra, a traditional Portuguese bread, João recently opened his own bakery that specializes in pastel de nata. Pastel de nata is an iconic Portuguese egg tart dessert famous in Lisbon and beyond. Join João in his bakery where he will share the secrets of how to make incredible pastel de nata from scratch.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (1-10 guests) Your traditional pastel de nata cooking class will begin at João’s bakery near Lisbon, in the historical area of Mafra. Gather in the bakery at a group table where you will enjoy a tasting of Portuguese sweets as João introduces the iconic pastel de nata. Then get dressed, donning an apron and hair net, and enter into the bakeries production area where your pastel de nata cooking class will begin. First, learn to make the puff pastry that is the base of this rich and delectable dessert. João will lead the puff pastry making process but you will also participate and be able to try some of the essential steps. Then learn to make the pastel de nata custard, at the heart of this traditional dessert. This will be a collaborative effort with the custard being made jointly in one large cooking pot. After the custard is made, receive your own molds and learn how to shape the dough and fill the molds with your custard before they are baked. Each person will have the opportunity to make three of these bite-sized desserts. João will teach you what to look for while the tarts are baking in the oven as you learn more about the history of the dessert. As you allow the tarts to cool, go back to the café to enjoy a coffee or a traditional Portuguese sour cherry liqueur, ginjinha. Then enjoy your perfect pastel de nata together! Recipes will be provided after the class so you can recreate these desserts at home.

Notes: Please note unlike the majority of Traveling Spoon's offerings, this experience is not private. It takes place in your host João’s bakery and there may be other guests also participating in this experience. If you request a private experience at a date or time of your preference, please get in touch and let us know - we'd be happy to arrange a wonderful experience for you and your group!

Languages spoken: English, Portuguese, Spanish, French

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Pastel de Nata (Portuguese custard tarts) and samples of other local sweets

Traveler reviews

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Lisbon Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$62 $62 $62
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$62 $62 $62
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
3:00pm-5:00pm
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