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Pastel de Nata 60g
Traditional Portuguese custard tart

Pastéis de nata ( Tradicional Portuguese custard tart) were created before the 18th century by Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery (Portuguese: Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém, in Lisbon. At the time, convents and monasteries used large quantities of egg-whites for starching of clothes, such as nuns' habits. It was quite common for monasteries and convents to use the leftover egg yolks to make cakes and pastries, resulting in the proliferation of sweet pastry recipes throughout the country.

Following the extinction of the religious orders and in the face of the impending closing of many of the convents and monasteries in the aftermath of the Liberal Revolution of 1820, the monks started selling pastéis de nata at a nearby sugar refinery to secure some revenue. In 1834 the monastery was closed and the recipe was sold to the sugar refinery, whose owners in 1837 opened the Fábrica de Pastéis de Belém.

Bolo de Arroz 70g
Rice-Flour cake


The Portuguese cuisine is arguably recognized and appreciated in all corners of the world. A part of this reputable cuisine is represented by the sweet Portuguese. One can not imagine a Portuguese away from a cup of coffee and a cake, a rice cake, for example. These wonders of Portuguese pastries are one of the greatest ambassadors of Portuguese culture abroad, example is the delicious rice cakes.
All these delicious cakes are not well known outside Portugal but are regulars in the Portuguese daily, we want to prove that they delights in all corners of the world.

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