Portuguese Custard Tarts

04th August 2011, in Baking, Burnaby, Desserts, FIND IT, Vancouver (2 Comments)

These, with a fresh fruit salad, are all that’s needed for a summer dessert. Ice cream too if you like, why not.

Portuguese custard tarts. Or pasteis de nata.

I buy them at the Universal Bakery (where the photo was taken) at 3815 Rupert St. near 22nd Ave. Or the Fortuna Bakery at 4240 Hastings St. in Burnaby Heights. Neither have web sites, too busy baking.

I suppose you could make them. People do, the Internet is filled with recipes, none of which I’ve tried so no recommendations. But if you have one, let me know.

It’s a matter of preparing the custard (lots of egg yolks, cream, and stirring) and puffy pastry and getting the finish just right. This is so much a part of these tarts. Their brown, burnt wrinkly skin can only mean they’re cooked in a hot bakery oven. That oven would also would explain the crisp pastry. They are messy things with their pillowy filling and flaky crust.

As for the fruit salad, I can do that – no bananas or apples. Raspberries, blueberries, peaches, apricots, melon with nothing more than time to meld the juices. It’s what we wait for all winter. The tarts from down the road are anytime.

Update: The Universal Bakery is now gone. Replaced by condos.

Portuguese Custard Tarts


August 5, 2011 5:00 pm


How can you have fruit salad without banana? Maybe it’s a prairie girl thing but gotta have that banana!!!!!!

August 05 2011 17:56 pm


Hey, I'm not one of those dogmatic bloggers and I would never mess with a prairie standard - go with the bananas. And the maraschino cherry. I don't even mind if you pass the rye.

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