A traveller should not only visit old monuments. There are other things to do like to speak with people or enjoy little pleasures. If you go to Lisbon, you should visit this place to eat one of the tasty cakes they serve with a glass of Porto wine.
The house of Pasteis de Belem was founded in 1837, almost 170 years ago!! It is located in the district of Belem (Bethlehem). Please see what I found in Wikipedia about these cakes:
Pastel de Nata or Pastel de Belém is a small cream tart found throughout Portugal's pastry shops or cafés. Casa Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon was the birthplace of this creamy dessert, and there they're called Pastel de Belém, after the name of this Lisbon's area. Since 1837, locals have come here to get them warm out of the oven and sprinkle with the cinnamon and powdered sugar.
The recipe for this custard tartlet is:
A ready-made flaky pastry
One 50cl jar of crème fraîche
100/150g of powdered sugar
6 egg yolks
1 teaspoon cornflour (or plain flour)
Powdered sugar and cinnamon (depending on your taste)
Beat the sugar with the egg yolks and the cream, and add the corn flour. Put the mixture in a saucepan and bring to boil. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Keep stirring. Set aside and leave it to cool at room temperature. With the help of an upside-down bowl (or a cup, depending on the diameter of the moulds), cut out discs from the pastry and set them down in small individual moulds. Fill with the cream. Cook in a hot oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle cinnamon and powdered sugar on top. Serve cold or warm.
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Though you can read here a recipe, my colleague José told me that the recipe is a very well kept secret. Only a few persons (two or three) know it and when one of them dies or retires, the secret is transmited to another person.
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alvaraalto (20328) 2006-04-13 16:39
A great tribute to the good life. This picture makes my mouth water. Excellent quality and a perfect composition
Elsa (63) 2006-04-14 10:30
oh i could eat one right now...well maybe 3 or 4 :D
this place has this particular portuguese feeling!
MarLay87 (0) 2011-01-12 19:22
Yup, 1 is absolutely not enough! You got to be there and try it yourself. Then, you will find yourseat lf holding a bag full of pastries to go!
Most amazying thing is that the pastries still taste almost the same as freshly baked after sitting in a box for 6 hours!
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