Place: Loblaws @ Maple Leaf Gardens
Location: 60 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ontario
My first introduction to this tart was at my workplace Annual Bake Sale for the United Way. A Portuguese co-worker would of course bring in Portuguese Tarts. Every year from then on this is what I bought. Sure I’d try other selections, but I would always leave with this treat in hand. I had a recipe that called for Anchovy Fillets and I came across the tarts on my search. Needless to say I bought some and my beloved macarons as they were in the case too.
A Portuguese custard tart consists of an outer pastry crust that is filled with egg custard and baked. The custard is sweet and firm and the top is slightly burnt giving it the characteristics that make it a Portuguese tart.
My first bite is sweet and creamy and the crust is a chewy, crispy and crunchy; just like I remembered it. I was first introduced to these tarts at work at our yearly bake sale for the United Way. A Portuguese co-worker would always bring these in and it had to be an authentic cultural treat or she wasn’t brining anything in. Since my lips have touched these tarts, every time she would bring them in for an event I was first in line. There are a bunch of great bakeries in Toronto that have excellent Portuguese tarts. I will be trying these out and having a Portuguese Custard Tart Quest.