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Carob Brownies (Brownies de Alfarroba)

Carob Brownies, or Brownies de Alfarroba, are a unique Portuguese style take on brownies using carob, known as alfarroba, as a substitute for cocoa. Carob has been commonly used throughout Portugal for centuries, as the warm and dry Mediterranean climate of southern Portugal yields the perfect environment for the carob trees to grow. Carob lends a uniquely sweet flavor and taste to the brownies that while different, in my opinion yields a better tasting brownie. Continue Reading…

Serradura (Sawdust Pudding) (木糠布丁)

Serradura, also known as Sawdust Pudding, is a wonderful Portuguese style dessert originating in Macau during the time when it was still a part of Portugal. Serradura is a wonderful sweet treat that utilizes some heavy whipping cream along with crumbled Bolacha Maria cookies in order to create an elegant chilled dessert. Continue Reading…

Sweet Potato Cupcakes (Queijadas de Batata Doce)

Sweet Potato Cupcakes, or Queijadas de Batata Doce, are an interesting and unique take on Portuguese pastries. Queijadas de Batata Doce are very similar to Queijadas de Leite but with a sweet potato twist. Perfect during the fall season, these sweet potato cupcakes have a wonderful color along with a very smooth texture that melts in your mouth with just the right amount of sweetness.
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Meringue Kisses (Suspiros)

Suspiros, or Meringue Kisses, are a traditional Portuguese dessert typically served during weddings or during many other holiday celebrations like Christmas or Easter. They are light and airy vanilla sweets that melt perfectly in your mouth. They are simple and easy to make and are perfect for serving when guests are over.
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Almond Tart (Tarte de Amêndoa)

Tarte de Amêndoa, or Almond Tart, is one of the most popular desserts in Portuguese cuisine. It is one of the most simple and easy to make tarts that are just as good as any complicated cake. The smooth flavor of chopped almonds combined with a sweet filling and a flaky crust makes for an unbelievable tart that is always sure to impress. Continue Reading…

Kings Cake (Bolo Rei)

Bolo Rei, or Kings Cake, is a traditional Portuguese cake that is typically eaten during Christmas until the Dia de Reis on January 6. It is a staple dessert in any Portuguese home during these holidays. Bolo Rei originates in the Confeitarias of Portugal which had adapted the recipe from French dessert making. The bolo rei has a hole in the center and is baked from a soft, white dough, with raisins, various nuts, and crystallized fruit inside. Bolo Rei is a bit more complicated to make and has quite a few ingredients but the end product is totally worth the effort.
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