Portuguese Custard Tart Diaries: Nova Era Bakery

Nova Era Bakery - Candy Coated Culinista

Nova Era Bakery – Candy Coated Culinista

Location: 770 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6G 3R1 – (416) 516-1622; Hours: Everyday – 6am – 11:00pm

Walking through Little Portugal & Little Italy of course I’m going to run into many bakeries serving Portuguese Custard Tarts. This however is the exact tart that introduced me and made me love this Portuguese treat. I had my first Portuguese Custard Tart back in 2005… how do I remember this you ask well it was the first year I started working for a new company and the bake sale had tarts from here. I remember the sweet, chewiness off the tart shell and the creaminess of the custard like it was yesterday. From the moment my mouth touched there tarts I was hooked. These Portuguese Custard Tarts taste exactly as they did back in 2005 and I enjoyed them so so much. I also enjoyed an orange tart which was a sweet citrusy treat with coarse sugar bruleed on top.

Epic Breakfast Bagel

Epic Breakfast Bagel - Candy Coated Culinista

Epic Breakfast Bagel – Candy Coated Culinista

This recipe started as a “what am I going to make for breakfast” The first time I made this it was a simple breakfast belt – bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato and then every time I made this the recipe grew and grew until it reached what I’m calling epic status. At this point I basically have to unhinged my jaw now to wrap my mouth around this sandwich and I love that.

Yield/Serving: 1
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients

• Lettuce
• Tomato, sliced
• Red onion, sliced thinly
• Bacon
• Apple Cheddar turkey sausage
• Fried egg, slightly runny yolk
• Poppyseed bagel
• Mayo
• Mustard
• Cheese slice
• Dijon mustard

Assembly
1. Prep the lettuce, tomato and red onion and set aside.
2. Using a frying pan over medium-high heat cook bacon and turkey sausage, and drain on a paper towel and set aside.
3. In another frying pan over medium-high heat fry egg until it is slightly runny.
4. Toast bagel.
5. Once bagel is toasted spread mayo on one side and mustard on the other.
6. Add red onion, turkey sausage, bacon, egg, tomato, Dijon mustard, lettuce and finally cheese.
7. Enjoy this great breakfast sandwich.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
The first bit into this and the oozing of the egg running down was amazing. There is so much going on in this recipe and yet you can taste every ingredient. I find myself make my Epic Breakfast bagel more and more and I may even make that as a breakfast for dinner in the future

Epic Breakfast Bagel - Candy Coated Culinista

Epic Breakfast Bagel – Candy Coated Culinista

Portuguese Custard Tart – Loblaws Patisserie

Portuguese Custard Tart - Candy Coated Culinista

Portuguese Custard Tart – Candy Coated Culinista

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.

Portuguese Custard Tart - Loblaws Patisserie - Candy Coated Culinista

Portuguese Custard Tart – Loblaws Patisserie – Candy Coated Culinista

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