They are the real must-stop sweets. Of those who make us take a detour on the national road or leave the highway on purpose. Some are authentic calorie bombs, others are unique specialties that you won’t find anywhere else. And it’s not easy to resist them.
is to keep a balanced diet it is important for body and mind. However, allowing yourself some treats, especially the traditional ones filled with history, is also a healthy practice and one that you should cherish.
Therefore, we are not responsible for the amount of calories in the next paragraphs, but we guarantee that they are all Portuguese-made products, with a lot of history in the mix and always made with the best raw materials.
Must-stop and delicious sweets
Jesuits of Santo Tirso
Flaky and crunchy, the Jesuits are undoubtedly one of the sweets most appreciated by fans of sweets. There are those who relate its name to the Society of Jesus and its monks (Jesuits), whose covers resemble the covering of these famous pastries.
It is certain that the history of the Jesuits of Santo Tirso is intertwined with the history of Moorish confectionery?? It is believed that it was a Spanish pastry chef who worked in that bakery who introduced the recipe in Portugal.
What is certain is that Confeitaria Moura has preserved the artisanal recipe for these pastries for more than 125 years, which is, of course, “guarded under lock and key”. If you pass by, also try other sweets that you must stop by, such as limonetes, tirsenses and chives.
If you like puff pastry, sugar and sweets with a crunchy topping, then the Jesuits of Santo Tirso are ideal for you. And the best news is that if you can’t go there, Confeitaria Moura already has stores in the city of Porto.
Margaride sponge cake
It was at the beginning of the 18th century that the making of this sponge cake began and has never stopped until today, passing the recipe (and the secrets) from generation to generation. The success of this cake grew and, in 1888, this House was awarded the designation of Supplier of the Portuguese Royal House.
Currently, manufacturing continues to be as artisanal as possible and guarantees the use of the best raw materials. pass by Margaride Sponge Bread Factorybuy your sponge cake and take the opportunity to get to know the space, which is beautiful and full of the history of these must-stop sweets.
Aveiro soft eggs
Going to Aveiro and not eating Ovos Moles is like going to Rome and not seeing the Pope.
Of conventual origin, it is said that in the genesis of this recipe very sweet is the story of a nun from the Convent of Jesus who broke her forced fast by mixing eggs with large amounts of sugar.
When caught breaking her fast, the nun hurriedly hid the mixture in hosts. When they found such a delicious mixture in the Convent, they thought it was a miracle. Thus was born the still famous recipe for Aveiro soft eggs and one of the must-try sweets in Portugal.
Although in Aveiro, there are several companies dedicated to its manufacture, the Casa Maria da Presentation of the Cross, Heirs, is one of the oldest, operating since 1882. Here, the pots are still made of copper, the process is entirely manual and the right sugar point is obtained with mastery and rigor. Stop by and find out more about Aveiro’s regional sweets.
Berlin balls from Viana do Castelo
If we talk about Berlin balls by Viana do Castelo, maybe you don’t know what we mean. But if we tell you Natário’s Berlin ballsmaybe you already have an idea of what this is about.
Although this is not a recipe of Portuguese origin, the truth is that for many these are the best Berlin balls in the world, even defeating their German counterparts. They attract thousands and thousands of foodies and have already been in the news (imagine it!) The Guardian?? Yes, that one. The renowned British newspaper.
What makes them different from all the others? Well, the best thing is to go to Viana, face the queue ahead of you with courage and believe that the moment you take your first bite of these Berlin balls you will realize their fame on a world scale. But if, for some strange or unknown reason, you’re not a fan of bola de Berlin, don’t worry, because at Zé Natário’s confectionery there are also some delicious basil from Viana, some sidónios and some nofidalguinhos that are worth trying.
Eclairs from Leitaria da Quinta do Paço
Those who arrive in Porto yearning for must-try sweets, but without the famous Ambrósio to help, are most likely to be referred to Leitaria da Quinta do Paço, home of the famous éclairs that constitute a just and demonic temptation.
With a history that dates back to 1920, dedicated to the production of butter, cheese, milk and whipped cream, Leitaria da Quinta do Paço has become a true ex-libris of Invicta. Incidentally, whipped cream quickly gained unprecedented fame.
Sold over the counter, in waxed paper bags, in the fifties it starred in what would become the brand’s ex-libris, the chocolate-covered éclair. So, forget your diet for a moment and if you’re in the area, enjoy one of the many éclairs served there. By the way, know that there are already several dairies spread across the country. Look Where??
Queijadas de Sintra
It turns out that they are a downfall. Its origin is lost in medieval times where it served as a form of payment, since Sintra had excellent pastures and an excess of fresh cheese, which was used to make this sweet. Are you ready for a fuller and, shall we say, sugary description?
Well then, Queijadas de Sintra are small pies made with fresh cheese, sugar, eggs, flour and a little cinnamon. All of this is wrapped in a crunchy and crunchy dough.
They are so famous that they even ended one of the chapters of Os Maias, by Eça de Queiroz, when Crugges screams desperately after a trip to Sinta: “Damn, I forgot the queijadas!” He didn’t make the same mistake.