Friday, January 22, 2010
The mystery of Jesuit custard
The Pic of the Day is from my recent trip back to hometown Honolulu. I was ambling through Ala Moana Center, an open air shopping mall with 300 retail stores and restaurants when I snapped this photo. The unusual name is what drew me to eating it.
The Japanese bakery St. Germain is known for it's delicate and decadent desserts. Jesuit custard is a sublime example of their wares. It's a light and flaky custard-filled pastry that's buttery in every bite. So far, I've only asked one Jesuit priest if he had enjoyed this custard before and why it would be named after his order. He had not had the pleasure but said he would ask his brothers if they did. So it remains a delicious mystery to me why they are called Jesuit custards. I wonder, are there Franciscan scones? Dominican budino?