Cakes may appear at the top of our list when we’re craving some dessert, but sometimes we’re looking for something with a little more crunch.
Thankfully for us, dessert pies and tarts are creations that are all too familiar to our tastebuds. As we beckon the increasingly warmer months with a sprinkle of beautifully cut fruit laid gently on a perfectly baked base, we’re also taking the time to celebrate some interesting (or should we say Only in Singapore?) choices that make for a flavour-filled makeover unlike any other.
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Elijah Pies’ hypnotic tarts are truly one for the gram: the galaxy blue swirls and dainty Lavender petals are enough to keep us coming back for more. This August, grab a hold of some of their specials that remind us of Singapore. These include the Milo Marshmallow, Pulut Hitam and Kopi Macadamia. These will be available for preorder every Monday of the month at 10am, so be sure to camp out on their Instagram page for the link to order.
We’re not going to stop talking about the addictive bakes at Pâtisserie CLÉ until they’ve become a household name. No, seriously — if you find us with a box of their bakes on hand, it’ll most likely be the Orh Blanc Tart, laced with smooth yam paste and silky coconut cream. Can’t decide if you want to try something new or go for classics like the Lemon Meringue? Don’t fret. The Tart Gift Box (with a box of eight tartlets) will tickle the fancy of anyone you get it for.
If there’s one place in town we like to head to for a spot of tea and some desserts, our first choice would definitely be Tarte by Cheryl Koh. The bakery, led by award-winning pastry chef Cheryl Koh, is home to confectioneries that are baked from scratch every single morning with only the best available ingredients sourced from around the world. While we might not be able to head back for a leisurely afternoon in the shop, we’re bringing tea home with some of their tarts. Our favourites include flavours like the Cherry, Roussillon Apricot and Pistachio.
You might know Luna Singapore for their dreamy cakes, but you shouldn’t sleep on their tarts too. Traditionalists will fall in love with the rich Sea Salt Noir Dark Chocolate Tart and the Hojicha-Kōhī, but regulars have been coming back for flavours like the Pistachio Raspberry and Yuzu Meringue Cheese too. There is a minimum order of S$24 for all deliveries, and a flat fee of S$7 applies for all orders.
With flavours like Jasmine Kocha, Raspberry Rose, Salted Caramel Chocolate, Genmaicha and Osmanthus Yuzu, how can we resist popping one (or five) of these tarts from Crémeux Pâtisserie? While slots for July have been closed, make sure to keep an eye out for an exciting new menu that’s launching in August.
The homemakers behind Wunderfolks received so much love and success from their home baking brand, they’ve opened a brick-and-mortar shop over at Joo Chiat Road for all those who want to grab a look in person. Here, you won’t find over the top, crazy flavours — just humble, familiar ones like Valrhona Dark Chocolate, Maple Pecan and Lemon Meringue that are too good to miss.
The folks behind gelato specialist The Denzy Collective makes its foray into pastries with Shio Patisserie, a delivery-only tart shop helmed by Odette and Les Amis alumni Sherlynn Teo. There are five flavours on the opening menu – Cheese Brûlée, Earl Grey Pecan, Lime Basil, Mont Blanc and Sea Salt Dark Chocolate – which come in a large pie (16cm) or a box of four flavours.
To be completely honest, we struggled to find a favourite — encased in an aromatic tart shells, the layers within each flavour found themselves working in perfect harmony and we devoured them in no time at all despite our burgeoning waist lines. Tarts are made and assembled two hours before delivery for optimum freshness. Weekly pre-orders with limited slots open at 12pm every Tuesday.