I have lapsed a little, I'm afraid - both in getting posts up here, and, for much longer, in chasing down the ever-elusive best custard square in the country. On both counts please accept my sincere apologies - and with a bit of luck this will redeem me a little bit. ;-)
We've just been away - down in Christchurch with our families for Christmas, and also up to the bach in Kaikoura for a few days with my parents. When we arrived in Kaikoura on New Years Day we were ravenous and spied the bakery as a potential purveyor of luncheon goods (scrolls and pies, good thing we're not into crazy resolutions, isn't it?) and I couldn't resist nabbing a couple of custard squares (and maybe, just maybe, a couple of cream donuts. Told you we don't believe in resolutions!) while I was at it.
This specimen is what I grudgingly refer to as a typical custard square - nothing particularly wrong with it (perhaps the filling is a little too gelatinous but not to the point of being like rubber), but there's also nothing particularly right. It really sat just in the "meh" section of the rating scale, with very little flavour (excepting sugar!), and generally the right components in the right state but no specialness. So a very average 5/10 for a very average custard square.
The woman who served me at the bakery was very friendly and helpful, though, and I do like their creamed donuts. ;-) Do you have a must-stop bakery on your summer holiday route? Do they have a winning custard square?
Kaikoura Bakery is located at 69 Beach Road, Kaikoura, ph 03 319 5200