Queijadas de Sintra are one of the most traditional and signature Portuguese pastries, rooted in the origins of conventual baking. These queijadas are perhaps one of the most unique desserts in Portuguese pastry making and are seen throughout all pastry shops in Portugal. They are unbelievably rich in texture and sweetness, with a fluffy sweet crust on top. While you might think they are difficult to make, they are simple and easy to make without much fuss.
1.5 pounds “quejio fresco” fresh cheese (If you don’t have some on hand, you can make some homemade with this recipe)
1 pound sugar
10 egg yolks
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup flour
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1) Preheat the oven to 355 degrees fahrenheit.
2) Knead the flour with the water together with the salt until it is an even consistency.
3) Use a roller to roll the dough very thinly and cut them into circular formed shapes.
4) In a bowl, mix the cheese, sugar, cinnamon and egg yolks well.
5) Place the mixture into the dough formed shapes.
6) Bake them in the oven on a greased baking sheet. Bake then until the centers are cooked, but still soft, for five to ten minutes.
7) Remove them from the oven and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve.