Saturday, February 17, 2007

The pasteis de Belém.

The FT's David Atkinson tastes the best egg custards in Lisbon, the pasteis de Belém. The tarts have been made since 1837 according to a secret recipe known to only four people -- Pedro Clarinha, the fifth-generation owner of Refinacao de Asucare Confeitaria de Belém, and three pastry chefs sworn to secrecy. "Rival bakeries around Lisbon produce similar tarts and international demand ensures an aircraft leaves Lisbon most days with consignments destined for Portuguese-speaking outposts such as Brazil and East Timor."

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