Portuguese Desserts

Portuguese desserts, usually quite sweet and high in egg content, have never been a nightly habit. But bring on a special occasion or holiday, and you can find the dessert table over laden with puddings of rice, custard, meringue, platters of cookies and cakes and of course sweet bread, some will call “massa sovada” and others “pão doce”. Usually the flavoring consists of grated lemon peel or orange peel and of course cinnamon. Today you will find some cooks using vanilla more frequently. Cookies are typically brushed with beaten egg wash. They aren’t usually fancy but they’re the perfect match with hot tea or coffee. Modern versions are including the use of baking powder in recipes that previously relied solely on a beaten quantity of eggs for leavening. Eggs are separated, yolks incorporated into the batter and the stiffly beaten whites are folded in the batter before pouring into the prepared cake pan.

Wine Cake (Bolo de Vinho)

2 cups sugar 1 cup butter, room temperature 4 eggs, separated 1 cup red or white wine 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder Greased and floured 10-inch tube pan Preheat oven to 350ºF.  Using the…

Sweet Puff Pillows - Travesseiras

Serve this for your sweetheart! This delicately light pillow of puff pastry is filled with the traditional egg sweet cream but you can update it by using a custard cream, lemon curd, chocolate cream or whatever suits your fancy. The…
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Pastels de Belem/Custard Tarts Belem -Style

The secret recipe of these famous custard tarts of the Belem district of Lisbon is well protected.  Throngs of visitors to the bakery line up to enjoy the luscious custard tarts. If you time it right, you can watch through a window while…

Spoon Fritters (Filhós)

About 3 dozen             These filhós are different because rather than a dough that is stretched and deep fried, these are more of a very thick batter that is spoon dropped into hot oil.…