Portuguese Pasteis de Nata
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  1 cup milk
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 vanilla bean
1 cup white sugar
6 egg yolks
1 (17.5 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C.)
2. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups and line bottom and sides with puff pastry.
3. In a saucepan, combine milk, cornstarch, sugar and vanilla.
4. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Place egg yolks in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk 1/2 cup of hot milk mixture into egg yolks.
5. Gradually add egg yolk mixture back to remaining milk mixture, whisking constantly. 6. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes, or until thickened. Remove vanilla bean.
7. Fill pastry-lined muffin cups with mixture and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and filling is lightly browned on top