It would be interesting to find a catalogue of Portugal’s convent sweets, if such a thing exists. Because I seem to encounter new ones at practically every confeitaria in every parish of every town in the country. If I’d have known there would be this many, I would’ve started cataloguing them myself from Day 1, except — believe it or not — I sometimes forget to take pictures before I’ve eaten them. Oops.
Take this place in Vila Real, for example. There are 10 items on this list alone (with more items inside), and I only recognize about half of them. I live only an hour away!
The two items in the first photo are (top) Pastéis de Santa Clara (eggs, almond, and cinnamon), and (bottom) Cristas de Galo (eggs and almond) — the latter shaped like a rooster’s comb, hence the name.
More Pastéis de Santa Clara above, and below we have Pitos de Santa Luzia (pastry, pumpkin jam, cinnamon). According to the Casa Lapão website, the Pitos have a story:
According to legend, the Pitos were created by a novice who was devoted to St. Lucy, patron saint of the visually impaired and everything having to do with sight. Since the novice was accustomed to making eye bandages from squares of fabric folded with the points inward, with linseed patches on the inside, she designed a sweet pastry pocket in the same shape, filled with pumpkin jam and cinnamon.
You can turn practically anything into a pastry!
January 21, 2018
Album: Vila Real, Portugal
More on Portugal’s doces:
The Portuguese Sweet Tooth
The Sweet Life In Portugal
A Portuguese Sweet Pastry With Squash
Two More Reasons To Live Beside A Portuguese Bakery (Or Not)
Bola de Berlim, Mini Version
Homemade Bolo de Bolacha
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