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.

Fruit Salad with Sweet Madeira Wine (Salada de Fruta com Vinho de Madeira)

This recipe is very simple to do in short order. If you are leery about the black pepper, remove some of the fruit aside after mixing and sprinkle some black pepper on it. If you don’t care for it , don’t add it to the fruit bowl. Have…

Graciosa Style Fritters - Filhoses a Moda de Graciosa

Makes about 3 dozen This recipe comes from my friend Dilia. I have cut the recipe in half. The number of fritters depends on the size you make them but don't make them too small Dilia instructs or they will not expand as much. If you make them…

Flan Pudding with Chocolate Cake - Pudim Flan com Bolo de Chocolate

Serves 12 + Magically the chocolate cake rises and with such moisture, it pleases the senses of both chocolate and flan lovers at the same time. Be careful not to over bake. Make sure your angel food pan has a solid bottom and not a removable…
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Easter Bread - Folares de Pasqua

Makes 4-5 or several small ones Please read the directions before starting. This Emma Silva's recipe, still uses the old fashion method of using ones hands to mix as it is still used by old timers who feel electric metal beater ruin the flavor…