If you’re a food lover on a mission to find some of the world’s most delicious desserts, Portugal should definitely be on your travel bucket list. Though you might not think this country is renowned for its cuisine, you’ll learn that once you know where to look, there are some truly delectable treats on offer. Here are a few favourites.
Cavacas are popular desserts in Portugal, traditionally eaten during festive seasons and made with popover pastry. The popover style of the batter creates an end result similar to that of an English Yorkshire pudding, but these Portuguese delights are usually covered in icing rather than gravy! Though often enjoyed during the holidays, you can easily find Cavacas in local bakeries and supermarkets.
If you like biscuits and cream, there’s no doubt that you’ll love this Portuguese pudding. Although its name literally translates to “sawdust”, the dish is anything but dry. Often served in a small pot, layers of crushed biscuits separate layers of fresh, whipped cream, coming together harmoniously with the crunchy and smooth textures. This simple combination delights the locals, and is sure to delight tourists just as much.
Pastel De Nata
These simple egg tarts have managed to sustain their popularity since the 1800s when they were first created by Catholic monks in Lisbon. In fact, if you find yourself near a pastry shop named Fabrica de Pasteis de Belem, you’ll be lucky enough to sample the original recipe. The tarts are traditionally dusted with cinnamon, but you may discover other variations while on your travels.
This dessert is rather similar to a flan, and is a dish that has been prepared time and time again in Portugal’s family homes. It is said that each household has its own variation of the original recipe, but the pudding is usually made with eggs, milk, caramel and port wine. The dish can be served hot or cold, and is occasionally garnished with tropical fruits and whipped cream. This local favourite is a must if you’re looking for a true taste of the country. Whether you just like to indulge every so often or always find yourself looking for new sweet treats to try, you should definitely explore Portugal’s selection of dreamy desserts. Buttery pastries, delicious biscuits, fruity flans – this country is sure to tempt even the pickiest eaters.