Pastel de Nata, Bacon from Heaven, Berlin Ball… A portuguese confectionery it is very vast and an unmistakable characteristic is the presence of egg yolks and a lot of sugar in most of its sweets. Legend has it that some of the most traditional Portuguese sweets are also called conventual sweets because were invented by the nuns. At the time, they used egg whites to starch their habits and, at a certain point, decided to mix the remaining yolks with sugar.
Thus, Portuguese delicacies appeared in convents and other religious settings. Precisely because of that, many of his inventions were named after saints and angels. Although the best known of them is the pastel de nata, there are a number of other delicacies from Portugal that you certainly need to try (if you haven’t done it yet!).
The candy that the Portuguese call the Berlin Ball in Portugal is known as a dream here in Brazil. It was inspired by a typical German sweet called Berliner and arrived in Portugal at the hands of Jewish families who managed to escape Germany during World War II. The big difference is that the German Berliner normally uses red fruits and his Portuguese version uses Portuguese pastry cream based on eggs. In Brazil, the dream is filled with icing cream, cream or dulce de leche. Click here to check out a surefire recipe!
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SANTA CLARA CAKE
The pastel de Santa Clara originated in the convent of the same name and is one of the best known Portuguese conventual sweets. They say that, in times of economic crisis, the nuns started selling it to students at the University of Coimbra. From then on, the pastel de Santa Clara started to become popular.
Source: Restaurante Alfaia
TOUCINHO DO CÉU
The bacon from heaven is a kind of cake made with sugar and egg yolks to which ground almonds are added. It is a sweet made throughout the country, but it has a series of differences from region to region.
Photo: Elisa Correa – Editora Globo
MOLES OF AVEIRO
This sweet is very traditional and had its origin in the city of Aveiro. It is a mass composed of egg yolk, sugar and water inside a film that looks like a wafer.
Source: Confeitaria Peixinho
Breeze from LIZ
Brisa do Liz looks like the Brazilian quindim, but it’s just the appearance. In fact, it is an egg candy mixed with almonds.
This sweet has a certain prominence among the others for the presence of chocolate as one of its ingredients, a rarity in Portuguese confectionery. It is made with chocolate, crackers, butter, eggs and port wine in a cylindrical shape to resemble a meat salami.
It is a classic that cannot be left out of the gastronomic itinerary of those who go to Sintra. The Sintra pillow is made with a puff pastry covered with sugar and filled with egg cream and almond.
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After getting to know a little more about these typical sweets, are you sure that you will stay only in pastel de nata?
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