Friday, 11 May 2007

what a tart

Boy oh boy. Approaching tea time today, I had a craving for a custard tart.
I love 'em.
We're not talking about the Portuguese one (too tough)
























or the Chinese one (too sweet), but your English one. I remember buying them from Barton's the bakers in the 1970's. The nutmeg sprinkles makes all the difference. A good custard tart delivers, even more than a Tunnocks Tea Cake.

My extensive research has shown the best to be purchased from Sainsbury's (but of course, this is completely subjective). The taste, texture and nutmeg : custard ratio are just right.

This image on the left is an inferior quality tart due to its' slightly sunken custard and sombre complexion, but it's the best I could find on the interweb.

7 comments:

sibonetic said...

I prefer the Portuguese, the best of which can be found in Belem, on the western side of Lisbon at Pasteis de Belem..... Yum

http://www.pasteisdebelem.pt/index.htm

Pangloss said...

I've been to Belem but may have committed a tart faux pas - sounds like a tasty sweet meat in itself.

I did not try one of the local tarts [your honour].

One of the things which I remember from Lisbon is why should such a beautiful city be plagued by so much graffiti?

Anonymous said...

they need the pceg graffiti brigade.
(-;

Nigel said...

Yum. I need one now!

Anonymous said...

I like a nice M&S custard tart and like to nibble of the pastry from around the top and then slurp the middle out...

Pangloss said...

Marks & Spencer? They of Bryan Ferry endorsement?

Well, I never. In which case, I'll hot foot it to Woolwichshire on the morrow to buy me some tarts. I'm sure I've sampled the M&S delight, but will revisit on anon's recommendation.

The 'crust first' technique is a true sign of a connoiseur and may even be deemed 'show boating' if performed in public.

Nigel said...

LOL