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      03.02.2014 18:40
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      Nice crumbly pastry

      I love custard tarts and find them a really enjoyable to eat food. I simply cannot resist custard tarts and I buy these tarts from Sainsbury's on a regular basis. They aren't expensive to buy and the price suits my budget.

      The tarts come inside a cardboard box which has the name clearly on the front and can easily be spotted on the shelf on the fridge. The tarts come inside a foil container which holds the tarts well inside it. I find it is very easy to take the tart out of the container with no problems at all.

      The custard is inside the short crust pastry cup which is a nice texture and fairly crumbly.. It is a firm enough textured pastry. The custard is a pale yellow colour and has a sprinkling of nutmeg over the top. The custard is also a nice texture too and the pastry cup holds the custard well inside the pastry.

      One the first bite of the tart the custard feels nice and soft, the pastry crumbles well enough but it can be a little messy so I would eat it over a tea plate if you can so you don't make a mess of the floor if you are eating them at home. I think the custard and the pastry work really well together to give a nice taste. The custard tastes sweet but not a sickly sweetness. The pastry is a soft texture and I find they are really easy to chew and swallow with no problem at all. My little grandchildren love these tarts and they can also easily chew and swallow them. They are packed with flavour and don't have a bland taste at all.

      The pastry also doesn't feel fatty in the mouth like some pastry tends to taste. This pastry is not a fatty taste at all and really enjoyable to eat.

      They are a good size and they are circular shape, they are small enough to hold comfortable in the hand too. I have sometimes sliced one in half for my middle grandchild because the tart is sometimes a little big for her to eat and she sometimes only likes to eat half a tart at a time. I can easily slice it in half and then save the other half for later and it is me who generally eats the other half later in the day because the little one has usually gone back home by then so I eat it! certainly cannot waste one of these little beauties.

      They are very filling too and most certainly satisfying to eat. The custard and the pastry doesn't taste cheap even though they are cheap to buy.

      Each one contains 232 calories so maybe a lot of calories if you are on a diet plan or healthy eating plan. One would be ideal for a little treat but if you eat more than one it would be a lot of calories from your daily allowance so this is worth bearing in mind before eating more than one of them at a time.

      Contain 62% short crust pastry and the egg custard filling contains cow's milk pasteurised free range egg.

      Tells me on the box that for allergy sufferers it contains milk egg and wheat gluten and is not suitable for nut allergy sufferers due to manufacturing methods.

      I bought a pack of 4 tarts for just £1.10 and I think for this price the tarts are well worth this price and are very good value for the money and affordable for any budget. The quality is really good too in my opinion.

      I highly recommend these tarts and I will buy them again in the future because I do love them quite a lot and I am satisfied with the taste of them too. I often want to eat more than one at a time because I find egg custard really moreish.

      I give them 5 stars.

      Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.

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        02.01.2011 16:36
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        An egg custard tart which is excellent value for money!

        I love egg custard tarts but don't eat them very often as being a bakery product they are obviously not very good for you. They are the perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of fruit tea in my opinion and taste best warm. I must say, I am most fond of my Grandmas egg custard tarts which are delightful; perfectly light pastry and nice firm custard - delicious! However, when Grandma's egg custard tarts are not available, I tend to go for the ones from Sainsburys which I've found to be the closest thing to them.

        WHERE TO BUY, WHAT YOU GET AND COST.

        Sainsburys egg custard tarts are obviously only available from Sainsburys and you can buy them in packs of 2 or 4 and the cost varies accordingly. Boxes of 2 cost 58p and boxes of 4 cost £1 so if you buy the box of 4, you are getting a tart for just 25p - exceptionally cheap for the quality that you are getting! Although these egg custard tarts are sold in Sainsburys, I have only seen them in the larger stores although I am sure there are some local stores which do them too. We brought the pack of 4 as one of my sisters is a vegan so wasn't participating in eating one of these delicious cakes!

        PACKAGING.

        Sainsburys egg custard tarts come in an attractive yellow cardboard box with varying shades of yellow scrolls and swirls for decoration on the front of it. There is also a clear plastic window on the front of it so you can see the delicious tarts that the box encloses. Each tart is individually held in a little silver case which prevents it from getting crushed and helps to keep it in shape in the box.

        WHAT THEY LOOK AND SMELL LIKE.

        In my opinion, these egg custard tarts are very attractive and traditional looking - exactly how my Grandmas look. They are a generous size, and I found it to be more than enough as it was packed deep with generous custard filling. The pastry base is a healthy, golden brown colour which looks well baked but not overdone. The custard is visible from on top of the tart and it is a lovely soft yellow colour with a slight sprinkle of nutmeg. You can tell that the custard is thick and substantial just by looking at the top of the tart in correspondence with the depth of the tart. All this makes for very pleasing (And appetising!) viewing and it is without a doubt a very tempting looking tart! When you open the box, you are not hit with a very custard-y or overly sweet aroma which is nice as with some egg custard tarts I've had, they can smell a bit sickly sweet.

        WHAT IS IN THEM AND NUTRITIONAL CONTENT.

        Being a bakery product, egg custard tarts are not going to be good for you but if you are looking to consume a healthy product then you wouldn't have selected them. They are made using free range eggs which is a massive plus for me as I'm a vegetarian and very keen on knowing that products that I'm consuming are made using responsibly sourced products and no animals were harmed or subject to suffering. The ingredients that the tarts contain are as follows:

        Egg Custard Filling (61%) (Whole Milk (From Cows' Milk), Egg, Sugar, Flavouring, Colour (Beta Carotene), Salt), Wheat Flour, Vegetable and Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils, Sugar, Egg, Emulsifier (Mono and Diglyceries of Fatty Acids), Nutmeg, Salt, Dextrose, Colour (Beta Carotene), Acridity Regulator (Citric Acid).

        Considering that egg custard tarts contain pastry and custard, two fairly calorific things, I was quite surprised by the nutritional content of them and expected it to be much worse. Per egg custard tart you are looking at 244kcal, 10.7 grams of fat (4 grams saturated), 14.6 grams of sugar and 0.1 grams of salt. Although the sugar content is far from desirable, it is to be expected for such a sweet, delicious bakery product.

        They are suitable for vegetarians but not people that are intolerant to gluten, eggs or dairy.

        TASTE.

        Upon breaking open my egg custard tart, I found that the pastry was of the perfect structure and consistency, not too crumbly or firm and the custard wasn't sloppy and messy like some egg custard tarts are and there was barely any crumbs or custard split from where my spoon had indented the tart. My taste buds were greeted by an explosion of sweet, firm custard that wasn't sloppy and gloopy and didn't fall apart straight away. Whilst it was sweet, it didn't taste artificial or cheap in the slightest and the short, buttery pastry complimented this perfectly. Again, the pastries firmness was held whilst it was in your mouth and I also found it to be pleasantly moist and not dry and crumbly like some tart bases are. There is a hint of nutmeg although I feel that the tart would have benefited from having a little more of this to give it slightly more of a home-made, authentic taste as towards the end of consuming the tart, it began to taste a little bland.

        SUMMERY.

        Overall I was very impressed with Sainsburys egg custard tarts. They are superb value for money and taste delicious, if a little bland towards the end of the tart due to the lack of nutmeg and other spices used. However, you could possibly add this to the top of the tart at your own leisure and this may sort this problem out. I would definitely recommend trying these as they are the best supermarket brought egg custard tarts that I've tasted but for now, its four stars to these delicious products!

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          31.07.2010 19:54
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          Nice

          Sainsbury's Egg Custard Tarts are a nice little thing for a dessert or a mid afternoon snack. Whilst the idea of mixing a savoury item, egg, and a sweet item, custard may sound odd, the combination seems to work quite well. These aren't expensive either, 58p for a pack of 2, less than eclairs or doughnuts or something.

          These come in a rather sweet, lemon coloured box with a window to peek though and the name of the product, different to the picture above, though I think that's because they recently re-designed their desert range packaging to match.

          Inside is a plastic try holding two tarts in foil cups. Though when I hear the word tart, I think of something flat, like a jam tart, these are very tall or deep.

          In a soft pasty base, is a deep fill of light yellow egg custard. The initial smell is of egg more than custard but that didn't put me off. The texture is a little funny, quite foamy, quite springy as I found by poking it that it didn't change shape or dent it. On top is sprinkled nutmeg but most likely due to a machine error, all the nutmeg is in one corner rather than all around.

          Unfirtunately of course, there are 244 calories in one so that's the down side.
          It is very light and fluffy and not overly creamy. The blend of flavours work well to complement each other and it's nice that there is a contrast of texture between the semi-liquid custard and the slightly crunchier pastry. In some ways, it reminds me of eating souflé and also of eating trifle.

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            25.06.2010 17:41
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            5/5 Possibly the best supermarket Egg Custard Tart.

            Egg Custards used to be a favourite of mine but as they're not too great for you we don't have them on a regular basis, however when I spotted these in Sainsbury's last week I decided to give them a try.

            The Egg Custard Tarts are packaged in a yellow card box with a picture of the tarts and a little window so you can see exactly what you're getting. On the picture the eggy mixture looks lovely and fluffy and this is what convinced me to be naughty!

            Sainsbury's Egg Custards are 58p for 2 or £1 for 4 so a slight saving can be made by buying a pack of 4, as there are 3 of us I was getting 4 anyway. The tarts are quite a decent size so I think this price isn't too bad at all.

            The amount of flavour packed into the Egg Custard Tarts really inpressed me and the short crust pastry I thought was very high quality for the price. There was a nice sweetness to the pastry whereas with most this is just plain and bland, also the pastry didn't crumble all over the place which is always a good thing. The filling was very genorous, as I said before the tarts are quite a good size. The eggy mixture was very flavoursome without being overly sweet and the softness of the inside went very nicely with the relatively firm, but not dry pastry. The nutmeg on top added a nice flavour without being too much, making the Egg Custard Tarts very balanced in flavour.

            Nutritionally obviously these would never be good for you but everything in moderation I say, and I don't think they're too bad considering that they are a good size.

            Cal: 235
            Fat: 11.1
            Sat Fat: 4.7g
            Sugar: 10.4g
            Salt: 0.25g

            Overall, I would definately buy these again, Sainsbury's have got the price right without compromising on flavour or the size of the tart. Obviously they aren't great for you but they're better than some other treats and they are nice and filling too without being heavy.

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              24.05.2010 15:55
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              A tasty tart from the supermarket

              This is one of those teatime treats which, I am afraid to say doesn't get gently nibbled.

              I would say about three bites and it is gone.

              I find egg custart tarts a little difficult to eat without getting some degree of crumbs about the place or a litle of the eggy mixture going somewhere, so to overcome this, I find it best to eat them as quickly as possible - this in theory minimises the possibility of you spilling some. Right that is my excuse for scoffing, what's yours?

              There are four of these to a pack, so that is just about enough for me, however you will probably want to share them with someone else.

              They look feel and taste exactly as an egg custart tart should. The egg mixture is in a delicious and sweet shortcrust case, and filled up to the top. The top is of course covered in nutmeg.

              Sometimes an egg custard tart tastes only eggy, with a lack of the nutmeg flavour and a really bland unsweet shortcrust.

              These have all three: egginess, sweetness and nutmeg spiciness. The egg has set, so that it doesn't fall apart at first bite, but not too much that it is solid. There is a nice moist wobbliness to the custard.

              I will gladly scoff these with a cup of coffee, but my preference is for a strong, hot sweet cup of tea.

              Really, you can't beat an egg custard tart baked on the premises of a local home bakers, but these seem to have gone into decline since Greggs made a huge foray into the high street market - I am no longer a fan of Greggs and their cloned output! Sadly the supermarkets seem to be the next best producers of reasonable quality baked confectionary, cakes etc since the decline of the local baker. Next time you are in Sainsbury's, grab a box of these.

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                25.04.2010 13:39
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                £1.00 Is Cheap For 4 Of These Cakes But I Still Wouldn't Pay That!

                I have always liked Egg Custard Tarts but don't eat them very often for some reason, I think it's because the only bakery by me that sells them isn't very good and that's put me off a bit. I wouldn't usually think to buy them from the supermarket but when I saw a pack of 4 in Sainsburys I decided to buy them because they was only £1.00.

                The box is different to the one in the photo Dooyoo have got up and you can see more of the cakes, they look more appetising than the ones in the photo as well and not as sickly pale looking.

                I wasn't very happy with them because even though they are quite big and look and smell delish the egg custard filling isn't very nice. It hasn't got much flavour and isn't set right, it tastes and feels dead sloppy as you eat it and even though you can still cut through the cake without it spilling out, it's deffo wetter than other egg custards and doesn't taste right to me.

                The custard is proper sweet and that part of it's nice but there isn't enough flavour and the whole cake ends up being mega bland tasting. The pastry case is ok, it's crumbly and very buttery tasting. It's a big time shame that Sainsburys have filled such a nice pastry case with such a manky filling because if they'd made a more solid custard then the cake would have been yummy!

                There's quite a bit of nutmeg sprinkled on these tarts and that makes them look nicer but you can't hardly taste it any way because there's not THAT much on there and it doesn't bring out any flavours in the custard like it should.

                These for me were a big disappointment and I deffo won't buy them again. My mum reckons the ones from Tesco are better so it might be worth trying them instead, or if you don't mind the sound of a sloppy egg custard then buy a 2 pack of these and see what you think. I bet you don't like them though especially if you usually LOVE egg custard.

                Not recommended!!!

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                  06.04.2010 15:29
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                  A perfect tea break treat.

                  You know you are getting old when you start getting a hankering for a nice Egg Custard Tart. When you are a kid, these are the sort of things that you dread your nan serving up to you, especially that weird sprinkling of nutmeg on the top that looks like some strange sort of mould growth. Adulthood means embracing the Egg Custard. Egg Custard is good. The domain of the mature person, who has put aside childish things!


                  Sainsbury's Egg Custard Tarts are excellent value at £1 for 4 tarts. They come in a yellow box with a perspex window, so you can see the product inside. These tarts are HUGE, and one is all you will need to fill you up until dinner time, apart from my greedy husband who scoffs down two in one sitting! The nutritional info is on the front of the box, and Sainsbury's do a handy traffic light system, with the colours indicating how healthy the food is. I like this system, it is a lot clearer that other supermarket labelling. I would expect this product to have all red labelling, and was pleasantly surprised that, in fact, the label was mainly amber, with one green section! So healthy! The NI is as follows per tart:

                  Cal 235
                  Fat 11.1
                  Sat fat 4.7g
                  Sugar 10.4g
                  Salt 0.25g (this is the green label!)

                  O.K, so not OVERLY healthy. I noticed that the label did not give the weight of each tart, but it is roughly 90g. Well, I told you they were big!


                  The tarts themselves are lovely, and must be enjoyed with a good cup of tea to enhance the fine qualities. The pastry is sweet shortcrust and is a really good consistency, striking a good balance between firmness and crumbliness. It does not fall apart in your hands! The tarts are really deep, with a generous amout of filling. the filling is pale yellow and not sickly sweet, again, just the right balance, not too gooey and messy to eat. there is just the right amount of nutmeg on top!


                  As I have said, because of the size, the tarts are filling and satisfying, and are best enjoyed during a tea break. they are suitable for vegetarians and the allergy advice on the side of the box contains the rather obvious advice: "contains egg, milk and wheat" Duh! It also warns people with nut allergy and soya allergy to avoid the product because of the production methods involved. Personally, I have had no problems, and I suffer with nut allergies, so I presume they are just playing safe here.


                  Sainsbury's 4 Egg Custard Tarts can be found in the bakery section of Sainsburys. They have to be kept refrigerated and have a very short use by date due to the nature of the product.

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                    15.12.2009 22:21
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                    Not quite like Mum used to make.

                    Today we visited Mr Sainsbury's, a massive store that was buzzing. I cannot recall the last time that I had seen so many tins of chocolates being carted out in shopping trolleys.
                    My Niece asked me if I would like a cake to go with my cup of tea when we got home and of course I did , It would have been rude to refuse !

                    I wasn't in a `creamy` mood, I just fancied something plain and simple and the Sainsbury's egg custard tarts were on offer at four for £1.00. So at twenty five pence each they seemed to offer very good value.
                    Egg custard tarts are lovely and they remind me of my Mum who used to make her own, her egg custard tarts, which were rich and creamy...and unforgettable.

                    So let's see if the Sainsbury's Egg Custard tarts were equally as unforgettable.
                    I seached the packets to find some that were liberally sprinkled with nutmeg, I really am a fan of the spice and I enjoy it if the top of the Egg custard tart is well covered.
                    Sadly Sainsbury's must have had an economy drive on and all of the packets of custard tarts that I inspected only had a few little speckles of nutmeg on the surface.

                    Sainsbury's have put four egg custard tarts into each box and the light cardboard box has a clear plastic insert that allows you to see the tarts clearly. The packaging is plain and simple and the yellow cardboard box seems to compliment the custard tarts that lay inside.
                    Each of the tarts sit in a silver foil container but all of the packaging can be recycled.

                    The Sainsbury's Egg custard tarts contain no artificial colours or preservatives but they do contain wheat, milk and egg and they may also contain nuts or seeds. They are not suitable for anyone who has a soya allergy either.
                    You can keep them in the fridge for a couple of days but the Sainsbury's Tarts cannot be frozen.
                    These tarts are suitable for vegetarians. One Egg custard tart contains 235 calories, I was quite surprised at this I thought they had less !

                    The pastry case on the Sainsbury's Egg custard tart is fairly thick, the pastry is nice and short but not too crumbly or sweet. The edge of the pastry case is fluted and that makes the tart look attractive.
                    The pastry is light and although it doesn't melt in your mouth it is still very enjoyable.
                    The Egg custard looks rather on the pale side, I prefer to see a far richer yellowy custard but bearing in mind that we have only paid a small amount of money we probably cannot expect to get a full cream Egg custard.
                    The egg custard is soft and semi-sweet and it does fall apart as you bite into it. Sainsbury's have made sure that the Egg custards have plenty of filling, I have taken a look at the list of ingredients and 62% of the tart comprises of egg custard.

                    Although the custard filling is pleasant I still think that it tastes mass produced, to a point Sainsbury's have lost that `homemade` taste which I always seem to crave.
                    I feel that the amount of nutmeg could have some bearing on this, a little more nutmeg could make the world of difference.

                    But that cup of tea accompanied by the Sainsbury's Egg custard tart went down very well, in fact later on I felt that I just had to sample another !
                    If we are talking value for money then Sainsbury's have the recipe right but I only just wish they could wave their magic wand and make them taste like Mums!

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                    08.11.2009 17:44
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                    Not the best on the market

                    Sainsbury's Egg Custard Tarts

                    These tarts cost me just £1 for a pack of 4 on special offer from my local Sainsbury's.

                    The packaging is a yellow box which has pictures of the tarts on the front (and they actually do look like the pictures, so no disappointments there!) and the Sainsbury's label at the top. Inside, once you have opened the sealed wrapper, there is a plastic tray, with the 4 tarts all contained in individual metal cups.

                    The pastry in these tarts is quite good, though very crumbly (which means that you seem to drop as much as you eat) but has a decent flavour. The custard filling tastes a little artificial though, and the nutmeg sprinkles on top are slightly overpowering.

                    Nutritional info is as follows (per tart):

                    Calories: 235
                    Protein: 5.4g
                    Carbohydrate: 28.3g
                    (of which sugars): 10.4g
                    (of which starch): 17.9g
                    Fat: 11.1g
                    (of which saturates): 4.7g
                    (of which mono-unsaturates): 4.0g
                    (of which polyunsaturates): 2.4g
                    Fibre: 1.6g
                    Salt: 0.25g
                    (of which sodium): 0.10g

                    Ingredients are as follows;

                    Egg custard filling (62%), shortcrust pastry, nutmeg, whole cows' milk, whole egg, natural flavouring, beta-carotene, salt, wheat flour, vegetable margarine made from palm/rapeseed/sunflower & coconut oils/water/lemon juice), sugar

                    These tarts were okay, but nothing special. The custard didn't taste as great as I had hoped, it was quite a bright yellow colour and the taste was a little synthetic too. If you have a sweet tooth, these will probably be to your liking, but I found one was a little sickly. These are okay, but the search for the perfect custard tart continues!

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                    30.10.2009 20:09
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                    Overall tasty!

                    In Hong Kong, there is a pastry called "Egg Tart", which is absolutely divine. The closest thing we can get at supermarkets here are these Egg custard tarts. Whilst I might be comparing these to the Hong Kong style ones, these are completely different, and personally I find them refreshingly different and absolutely yummy.

                    ~~~PACKAGING~~~
                    These come in a pack of four. Each tart has its own foil cup, these in turn are placed on a plastic tray and packaged in a box with a plastic window. I think there is way too much packaging involved, and they could easily remove the outer box and just have them in a plastic one, hence removing also the plastic tray, transforming it into a box.

                    However, having it as a box makes it more presentable as a dessert which I would understand, just that it is not as environmentally friendly as it could be.

                    ~~~APPEARANCE~~~
                    Each tart is round in shape, with a cream coloured centre which is the egg custard. The crust is cookie dough and is a light golden brown colour (as if it hasn't been fully cooked).

                    I personally think that more colour going both into the centre and the crust would make these look slightly more appealing and less uncooked!

                    ~~~TASTE AND TEXTURE~~~
                    The cookie dough crust is in between soft and crunchy which can be strange to some, but I personally like this. I would actually like this in all ways; whether it was crunchy, mid crunchy, soft... it doesn't really matter to me. What matters is the centre and that tastes really good.

                    It has a nice egg flavour, and a hint of the custard comes through which is nice. I really like the combination of the egg, custard and crust; it all comes together extravagantly and makes a really nice dessert.

                    The tarts are not too sweet, or indulgent or filling, but it is simple and you can get real pleasure out of eating this.

                    You can also eat these hot, or chilled. I prefer putting them in the fridge and having them chilled, although some people are sure to like it hot, in which case a few minutes in the oven or the microwave will do the job.

                    ~~~PRICE~~~
                    The pack costs around £1.

                    ~~~OVERALL~~~
                    I really enjoy eating these, despite the texture of the crust. I would recommend these to everyone, but not everyone would like what's being presented.

                    I have yet to try these in higher quality as I've personally not seen these anywhere else, but if I do, I'd be sure to give them a try, and who knows, maybe I'll never return to these!!

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                    OK, but not the bees' knees

                    PRICE: £1 for 4 tarts

                    NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per tart):

                    Calories: 235
                    Protein: 5.4g
                    Carbohydrate: 28.3g
                    (of which sugars): 10.4g
                    (of which starch): 17.9g
                    Fat: 11.1g
                    (of which saturates): 4.7g
                    (of which mono-unsaturates): 4.0g
                    (of which polyunsaturates): 2.4g
                    Fibre: 1.6g
                    Salt: 0.25g
                    (of which sodium): 0.10g

                    INGREDIENTS:

                    Egg custard filling (62%), shortcrust pastry, nutmeg, whole cows' milk, whole egg, natural flavouring, beta-carotene, salt, wheat flour, vegetable margarine made from palm/rapeseed/sunflower & coconut oils/water/lemon juice), sugar

                    DIETARY & ALLERGY INFORMATION:

                    Suitable for vegetarians
                    May contain traces of nuts
                    Contains egg, wheat & gluten

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                    Is there anything nicer than those delicious custard tarts of my childhood that were carefully selected from a privately-run baker's shop, then placed into a cardboard box which was tied up with thin red ribbon?

                    In an endeavour to repeat this experience, I have over the months been trying out custard tarts from various chains of bakers and supermarkets. Recently I gave the Sainsbury's variety a go.

                    Sainsbury's Egg Custard Tarts come in a largely pale yellow coloured box with an image of a few of the tarts on the front. The back of the box shows the usual nutritional information, ingredients list and dietary/allergy advice. Inside the box, the tarts are in foil cases that rest in a clear, stiff plastic moulded tray.

                    Each tart is fairly deep, and I personally found them a little difficult to remove from the foil cases. The custard is a brighter yellow than I feel proper egg custard should be, and there is a very generous sprinkling of nutmeg on each tart, but is not evenly spread.

                    The pastry is quite light and buttery, and thankfully doesn't go soggy where the egg custard touches it. I do find the pastry rather crumbly though, but its fairly rich flavour compensates for getting showered with crumbs each time I took a bite from one of the tarts.

                    The custard filling I personally feel is a bit of a let-down. On different occasions when I've eaten Sainsbury's Egg Custard Tarts, I've found that the consistency can be rather erratic, in that sometimes it's very firm and other times it can be quite sloppy, to the point where it's sometimes watery. Regardless of the consistency at any given time, I find that the taste - though quite nice - isn't all that authentic for how real egg custard should be. It to me tastes more like confectioner's cream; the stuff you can sometimes get pumped into profiteroles that don't contain real cream. The eggy taste in the custard tarts is far too eggy, and it's not an authentic egg-flavour - more like the taste of the eggs has been manufactured. Maybe dried eggs have been used?

                    Another thing I'm not overly keen on is that I find the nutmeg a little on the heavy side. With the few boxes of Sainsbury's Egg Custard Tarts that I've bought over the past year or so, the nutmeg has never been evenly distributed over the surface of the tarts; it has just been in an almost solid wodge at the edges.

                    The surface of the custard isn't at all browned, as quite likely would be so if real egg custard were used.

                    Despite those little faults though, the tarts do actually taste rather nice - not too sweet, of creamy texture and taste, and the vanilla flavour in the custard is just at the right level.

                    Though Sainsbury's Egg Custard Tarts don't get the full five stars from me, they are no worse than any other supermarket brand I've tasted - but they aren't as good as those old fashioned custard tarts from those childhood bakeries I remember from way back when.

                    I do still buy this product from time to time, but not unless I'm really in the mood to eat it.

                    These custard tarts come moderately recommended by me; they are no better and no worse than the other supermarkets' own brands, but the authenticity levels could do with having a little more attention cast in their direction, and it would be nice if the nutmeg sprinkling was spread evenly, rather than just blobbed onto the tart in a haphazard fashion.

                    I wouldn't recommend that anyone break their neck to dash out and try these custard tarts, as they aren't what I'd call the pinnacle of epicurean realisation, but they are OK if you fancy a little cake with a cuppa; just don't expect anything overly special. They are very reasonably priced at £1 for 4 tarts, but bear in mind the fat, sugar and calorie content of this product is frighteningly high.

                    Thanks for reading!

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                      25.10.2009 13:59
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                      Not for me these but my parents love them!

                      One thing my Mother always gets with the weekend shopping is some kind of nice cakes or biscuits for a Saturday afternoon, it's a bit of a ritual in our house.

                      Both my Mother and my Step-Dad love an egg custard tart, where as me well...I sometimes like them and sometimes don't.

                      One of their favourites is the Sainsbury's one's and at a pound a box for 4 egg custards they do work out a very economical option!

                      The Packaging:

                      Well the box is slightly different to the one shown on the review photograph at the top of this page but not too different (you'll still recognise it). The box is light yellow with a large clear window to the front of it to which you can see the custards through. I'm told that they are Sainsbury's 4 Egg Custard Tarts 'Sweet shortcrust pastry filled with egg custard and sprinkled with nutmeg', that they are suitable for Vegetarians, the best before date is clearly stamped on, as is the price and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. Other information stated on the box includes a full and in depth nutritional chart, ingredients and allergy advice is given and contact details for Sainsbury's are listed. Inside the box there is a clear plastic tray and the custards sit in foil 'cups' securely.

                      The Egg Custard Tarts:

                      Well what you get is a deep custard tart (x4 of course). The outer side of the tart is a golden robust pastry, not too thick but almost well enough to hold the filling...yes I said almost, I'll come on to that in a moment if I may....

                      The filling is slightly set, light vanilla yellow in colour with quite a lot of nutmeg powder over the top of which is set into custard giving a brown coloured appearance on some of the tart and a somewhat nutmeggy fragrance to the proceedings.

                      There is a lot (and I mean alot) of egg custard in these deep round shaped tarts. However I find these to be really rather bland and the only saving grace with these is the nutmeg flavouring on them. The filling is just there really. It has a slight, eggy taste and is edible but for me it lacks on some much needed sweetness and where as at first you eat this and it holds well after a few nibbles you can find that the pastry gives way and you end up covered in the balmange like filling.

                      Verdict:

                      If you like a fairly bland egg custard (like my parents obviously do) then these are worth a try but for me the pastry has no real taste to it at all and the egg custard filling really doesn't taste of much at all sadly. The texture of the custard is too smooth, wobbly and glossy and I'm sick of it collapsing in my lap lol. Not for me this one I'm afraid!

                      Allergy Advice:

                      Contains: Milk, egg & wheat gluten.
                      Not suitable for nut or soya allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacturer of this product.

                      Nutritional Information Per Tart:

                      Calories: 235
                      Fat: 11.1g
                      Sat Fat: 4.7g
                      Salt: 0.25g
                      Total Sugars: 1.04g

                      Only available in Sainsbury's stores prices at a pound for a box of four.

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                        20.10.2009 20:30
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                        Delicious custard tarts!

                        Yum yum, these egg custard tarts are in my fridge right now! Tempting huh? I'm wondering whether to have one or not! The thing is is that these knock of marks of Asda and Tesco brands ones! The Sainsbury's tarts just have this something extra, something special which the other brands don't have. Just a spread of nutmeg of the Sainsbury's tarts where as the other brands smother the whole tart in nutmeg which makes the taste really awful! I usually just scrape it off if there is to much, as you see I'm not really keel on it! Any the tarts and simply delicious to eat with at tea time, it really does make the tea much much better!

                        You can buy them from £1 for four in Sainsbury's which I find is a brilliant bargain! They are suitable for vegetarians! For allergy advice they contain milk, egg and wheat gluten. And on top of that I would not recommend them for nut or soya allergy suffers due to the methods used to cook the tarts!

                        So next time you go out why not pop down to your local Sainsbury's store and buy these egg custard tarts at a bargain price for your tea!

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                          15.10.2009 16:26
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                          pop the kettle on and put your feet up with a little piece of heaven

                          If I was told I could eat one food, and one food only, for the rest of my life (assuming, of course that anything I chose would miraculously give me all the nutrition and energy I needed), these would definitely make the shortlist!

                          Egg custard in general is one of my principal comfort foods, and Sainsbury's have got these more or less absolutely spot on. The pastry is light and just crumbly enough - you don't want to be chasing crumbs around everywhere, after all. The custard itself (obviously the most important bit) is pale and creamy, and exactly the right consistency - thick but not too stodgy, and just the right amount of 'bite' to it. It's not too sweet either. The whole thing is finished with a sprinkle of nutmeg and baked to perfection!

                          The packaging is attractive (although to be honest that's not my main reason for buying these delicious goodies) - each tart coming in its own individual foil tray as it would if you bought it from the local bakery, and all four held in a plastic tray (ok, so that's less good) inside a cardboard box bearing a very tempting close-up photo of the product.

                          Now I come to think of it, there is an alarming amount pf packaging here, but I suppose the tarts DO need it or they would get squashed - and no one wants to see that....

                          The only downside I can find with these yummy tarts is that occasionally they don't have quite enough nutmeg on top for my tastes, but that's really only a tiny quibble, and nothing to lose a star over.

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