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.

Angel's Chins -Papos de Anjos

Papos de Anjos, is one convent sweet according to oral history of how nuns in the convent utilized the egg yolks that remained after using the egg whites to stiffen their habits.  True or not, convent sweets became very popular with some…

Bolas de Berlim (Fried Doughnut Pastries)

  Bolas de Berlim Makes about 22 pastries Bolas de Berlim are very popular in Lisbon.  Step into Confeitaria Nacional near Lisbon’s Rossio Square and you will find an array of pastries including Bolas de Berlim,  which…

Trutas (Sweet Potato Pastry)

Makes about 3 1/2 dozen Very popular around Christmas, this pastry is very similar to another pastry called Azeveias. Read the recipe through to make sure you have all the ingredients. Though it is a little bit of work, it is worth the while.…
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Sonhos (Dreams)

These are a bite-size or two of yum! One of my father's favorites.  You can update it by piping in some custard or preserve filling but they are wonderful as they are. These are often seen on the Christmas and Carnival dessert tables. Make…