Archive | January, 2012

Pinho’s Famous Custard Cups

29 Jan

One day I will write a post entirely dedicated to the awesomeness of Pinho’s Bakery in Roselle, NJ.  However, today I’m just going to tell you about one specific item from Pinho’s that is insanely delicious….Pasteis de Natas, a classic Portuguese dessert.  For those of you that like to keep things simple like I do, they are also known as Custard Cups or Custard Tarts.

The first thing that I enjoy about these custard cups is the cute little custard cup box they come in.  C’mon…you know its cute.  Anyway…the box says you can’t have just one which is totally true.  I ate two of them just during the 10 minute drive home!
The lightly crisp and flaky pastry is filled with a very creamy egg custard.  I really enjoy the custard, because it has just the right balance of creaminess and sweetness.  These pastries are just the right size and the taste of the custard perfectly compliments the pastry cup therefore making it incredibly easy to eat an entire dozen!  If you are ever in the area, make sure to get some custard cups (atleast a dozen) from Pinho’s Bakery in Roselle, NJ….and stay tuned for a future post about more of their delicious stuff like fresh bread, donuts, cakes, and pastries.  Yum!
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Cold Hollow Cider Mill- Waterbury, VT

15 Jan

The cold weather this weekend has got me thinking about the awesome time I had in Waterbury, Vermont two years ago.  There are many reasons why I love Vermont….most of which involve food or beer!  Anyway, during a visit to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill,  I had the pleasure of enjoying the best apple cider donuts EVER.

As soon as you arrive in the parking lot, you know something delicious is about to happen.  You can smell the aroma of freshly baked donuts and apple cider before even getting out of your car.  As soon as you walk in, you can see a long line of people at the donut counter.  As soon as you place your order, the dough is placed in the “cooker”.   A few short minutes later, the warm, fresh donuts are placed in a bag and delivered straight into your patiently waiting hands.  It doesn’t really get any fresher than that.

The donuts are the perfect combination of crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.  I would literally make the 4 and 1/2 hour drive to Waterbury, VT and return to Jersey the same day just to enjoy these incredible donuts.  The Cold Hollow Cider Mill also sells many other varieties of yummyness.  Such as maple syrup, apple cider, fudge, jams and jellies, all of which can be ordered through their website at http://www.coldhollowcidermill.com . You can even order the donuts!  But of course they will lack the “seconds out of the fryer” freshness!