The 5 sweets you need to eat while visiting Portugal was the phrase to start this article. In fact, we thought of more than five sweets and reduced them, otherwise the article will be long to speak about Portugal. The country has an amazing variety of sweets, where you will be able to find some Port wines for instance on the recipes.
The amount of sweets you find in the country is due to the Age of Discoveries, with the introduction of sugar, which Portugal brought from Brasil. Sugar cane and other products, but it was this one which had more impact on commerce of those days.
Most of the sweets are related with Portuguese traditions using the local ingredients. Eggs, flour, milk was common in the country, but also almonds, chestnuts and many other ingredients. It is very common to associate a local sweet to a Convent , from North to South. For instance, you perhaps already heard about Pastéis de Nata, which has a strong relation with the Monastery of Jerónimo.
5 Portuguese sweets you need to try
Pastel de Nata / Pastel de Belém
Pastel de Nata is the Portuguese famous custard egg tart, that you will find in every corner in coffee shop.
Always delicious and creamy, request a coffee to drink and taste this sweet.
Pastel de Belém you can only acquire on the famous shop in Belém civil parish (Lisbon), near Monastery of Jerónimos. Also interesting, is the national competition of Best Custards Egg Tarts in Portugal. Know more about Pastéis de Belém vs Pastéis de Nata.
Pastel de Feijão
Feijão means Bean in Portuguese and there is a sweet based on this ingredient. With origins from Torres Vedras, in the end of 19th century, the recipe may change according the manufacturer.
Based on Almonds and after cooked with white beans, is a must to try while visiting the region of Torres Vedras. There is also some coffee shops with this lovely sweet in Lisbon .
Tortas de Azeitão
With origin in a family from Alentejo, it was in Azeitão (Pastelaria o Cego) near Setúbal that became famous in the beginning of 20th century.
It is an icon from the region and an example of traditional Portuguese sweets.
Rolling pin made with eggs, sugar and corn flour, about 12 cm long and about 5 cm in diameter, filled with egg candy (eggs and sugar).
It is a regional sweet, traditional from Aveiro pastries, whose original formula and method of production is due to the nuns of the various convents here until the 19th century – Franciscans, Dominicans and Carmelites, namely the Monastery of Jesus de Aveiro.
The used egg dough, although consistent, is very creamy and obtained exclusively through point sugar and very fresh egg yolks, in its confection, it should not be stirred in a circle (not to be striated).
Also known as Vizela sponge cake, is a sweet made from eggs and flour, covered with a layer of sugar. Everything started with a old lady from Vizela in the end of 19th century, to pleased guests visiting Vizela.
Bolinhol is currently made by three confectioneries in the city, who say they respect the centuries-old recipe of that delicacy consumed in the region, especially in the festive periods of Christmas and Easter.
In Vizela, there is an Annual Event based on this sweet, loved by thousands of people. In addition, it belongs to VInho Verde wine region.
Just five Portuguese sweets? Of course not ! Portugal has hundreds of local sweets, some more traditional than others. With any of this sweet, it is also possible to make a pairing with some Port Wine or even Late Harvest wine .