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Portuguese Pastry Party

Hi, everyone. This is Dani, Peat’s wife. Those of you who know me are aware of my love of baked goods. French, Italian, Greek, Entenmann’s, Duncan Hines, you name it. So when Peat returned from his awesome trip to Portugal laden down with pure Portuguese Pastries, I was extremely pleased! (I mean, naturally I was pleased he was home at all, but even more so since he brought some sweets!)

So after we put Cassie to bed, we settled on the couch in front of three different delicious-looking desserts and a glass of Ginja, which is a delightful sour-cherry liqueur. (Peat also came home with a bottle of Moscatel Roxo but we haven’t opened that yet.)

We started off with the world-famous Pastéis de Belém, given to him as a gift by two bloggers who interviewed him, Margarida Cruz from Segredo dos Livros, and Patrícia Pessegueiro from Pedacinho Literário. Peat kept going on about how sweet Margarida and Patrícia were, and what a great time he had talking to them (we’ll link to those articles when they are posted).

The Pastéis de Belém were a delightful custardy-pastry sort of thing, kind of like a cross between a Napoleon and a cannoli in tartlet form. Sweet, light, and, well, custardy, which I love.

The next confections were queijadas from Casa Do Preto in Sintra. They were sort of like egg custard tartlets. Also delicious. These were picked up to commemorate his trip out to Sintra for lunch on the first day of his trip. Apparently he ate at a fancy restaurant full of famous Portuguese actors and musicians and then drove up to the local castle.

The last were Tortas de Azeitao, which are a regional specialty in Setúbal, where Peat’s host and editor at Gailivro/1001 Mundos, Pedro Reisinho, is from. They were kind of like a cross between a Greek pantespani and a rum-soaked sponge cake without the rum. Moist, dense, and sweet. Like a high-quality Twinkie, and I mean that in a good way!

So, here I am, 2 pounds heavier and wishing that I had gone to Portugal with Peat, if only for the fabulous desserts. Of course, Peat is still raving about the rest of the food, as well as how hospitable and friendly and welcoming everyone was. Maybe some day we’ll leave Cassie with her grandparents and go hang out in the Largo de Camões and get drunk on ginja with all the college kids. But only after gorging ourselves on Portuguese pastries!

Posted on November 15, 2010 at 11:40 pm by PeatB
Filed under Life, Portugal, Uncategorized, World Traveler
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8 responses to “Portuguese Pastry Party”

  1. Why wasn’t I invited? Dani and I could each be one pound heavier. Wouldn’t that be fairer and more equitable than she being two pounds heavier, and me being six ounces of saliva lighter from looking at mouth watering pictures?

    Posted by Joshua Bilmes, on November 16th, 2010 at 12:04 am
  2. I love your socks, Dani! :-D

    And if you love pastries, you should visit Austria (especially Vienna) some time. It would be like heaven for you! We have bakeries and pastry shops in almost every street ;-)

    Posted by Elisa, on November 16th, 2010 at 4:56 am
  3. Maybe you’ll have to leave Cassie some place else because her grandparents want to go to Portugal, too! Dani, you know you’re SECOND in line in loving sweets!

    Posted by De, on November 16th, 2010 at 11:18 am
  4. Sounds like the perfect evening in – so much so that I am filled with a massive urge t’make pastry. Won’t be a touch on your Portuguese fare, but a man can try, no?

    Also, I am a huge fan of your choice of liquid-refreshment-receptacles!

    Posted by Elicius, on November 17th, 2010 at 3:35 pm
  5. Man. I love those curtains in the second and third pictures. They look sort of mystical.

    Posted by Sinnq, on November 19th, 2010 at 5:55 am
  6. The next time you come to Portugal, go to Porto, and drink a good Porto wine.
    Then in Porto you must eat our Francesinha, it’s a sandwich originally from Porto, made with bread, wet-cured ham, linguiça, fresh sausage like chipolata, steak or roast meat and covered with molten cheese and a hot thick tomato and beer sauce served with french fries accompanied by our beer(Super Bock).

    Posted by UpYourMind, on March 10th, 2011 at 4:11 pm
  7. Everyone from Porto I’ve ever met is like a travel agent for their city. I will definitely visit the next time I come to Portugal.

    Posted by Peat, on March 11th, 2011 at 12:31 pm
  8. I hate to say it, but you’re right. Here in porto we’re very passsionate for our city. And not to boast, but
    we’re very warm welcoming people. :)
    If you need a guide, i’ll help you.
    By the way thank you a lot for the bookplate, it’s awesome.

    Posted by UpYourMind, on March 24th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

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