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Creamy custard, flaky pastry and a caramelised finish. These little bites of decadence are the sweet treat you need right now.
Where to buy Portuguese tarts
The best bakeries and pastry specialists to visit for your tart fix.
Ask any North Melb local for a brunch rec and Hot Poppy will be top of the list. This Errol Street icon is open for takeaway all through lockdown, and that includes the legendary Portuguese tarts. Order with a chilled iced latte or cocktail to-go and enjoy an at-home treat feast.
Europe meets Asia at Sweet Canteen, and the Portuguese egg tarts are no exception. These tarts are down to an exact science – with strict limits on how many they cook in the oven at any one time. The result is a soft, molten egg filling inside flaky layers of hand made pastry. Open for takeaway and delivery during lockdown.
This teeny tiny new Flinders Street cafe specialises in artisan sourdough, shokupan croque monsieur and flaky croissants. Visit on the right day though, and you'll be lucky enough to score a beautifully burnished Portuguese tart. Buttery pastry is filled with a generous serve of silky custard. Swing by for takeaway if they're within your 10km radius.
Noisette via M&G Caiafa
Add iconic pastry purveyors Noisette to your tart list. The Queen Vic Market’s M&G Caiafa bakery stocks their Portuguese variety online and IRL. These tarts are handmade, and a little shallower than their egg custard counterpart. So you can justify eating two or three at minimum. Order via their website to pick up from the stall if you’re within 10km of the market.
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Raya baked lemon custard tart
Insta-baker Raymond Tan’s Raya is the ultimate spot for South East Asian–influenced cakes and savouries. Back by popular demand is the exquisite lemon custard tart. This slice is a bit more traditional than other Raya treats – just good old fashioned butter shortcrust pastry and tangy lemon filling. Pre-order for takeaway (within 10km) or opt for delivery.
Andrew's Bread Shop crème brulee tart
These artisan bakers are known for bagels and bread, but if you need a sweet treat, the custard tarts are top notch. Try the rich and lightly browned crème brulee custard tart, or opt for zesty lemon and fresh passionfruit flavours. Order online for delivery, or swing by the Vic Market for takeaway if you're local.
iCake durian custard mochi cake
And now for something completely different. Carlton's iCake have made a name for themselves with the most extra celebration cakes in town. The divisive (but delicious!) durian fruit takes centre stage in this layered custard creation. Think chiffon cake, durian custard, durian cream, buttery crushed biscuits and yes, sweet pork floss topping. All loaded into a sweet mini cake bundle.
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