Portuguese Custard Tarts – Pastéis de Belém

Pastéis de Belém

The Guardian Newspaper selected the Portuguese Custard Tarts (Pasteis de Belém) as the 15th best thing to eat in the world.

From cake, steak and tapas, to oysters, chicken and burgers, Killian Fox roamed the world to find the 50 best things to eat and the best places to eat them in, with a little help from professionals like Raymond Blanc, Michel Roux, Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray.

Here is what they wrote about Pasteis de Belém:

15. Best place to eat: Custard tart
Antiga Confeitaria de Belem, Lisbon
Creamy, flaky custard tarts – served warm with cinnamon – are one of Portugal’s great culinary gifts to the world. The original pasteis café in the Belém district of Lisbon, next to the monastery where the dessert was invented, is still the best: their secret recipe has been guarded since 1837. Sit down with a plateful, and a strong coffee, and you’ll understand why more than 10,000 tarts are baked here every day.

Visit the Belém district of Lisbon and go to Antiga Confeitaria de Belém. The crowds may be overwhelming, but the super-heated ovens at this 171-year-old bakery on the western edge of Lisbon make arguably the city’s flakiest custard tarts. Buy some extra and enjoy the powdered-sugar-and-cinnamon-dusted confections like a local.

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