Portuguese Pastries

Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 at 9:15 am

Small, tempting bakeries called pastelarias dot every block in Lisbon.  They feature sweets with creams and custards.  I appreciated that a lot of them were bite-size…so I could try more!

Pastel de Nata

The pastel de nata is probably the most famous of all the Portuguese pastries.  At a bakery on Rua do Loreto, it was my lucky day to find a fresh-out-of-the-oven tart.  The warm custard, golden from its eggs, was both firm and as creamy as pudding.  It was rich, but not too sweet.


In Sintra, a beautiful daytrip from Lisbon, I had a queijada at the long-named Fabrica das Verdadeiras Queijadas da Sapa (Alameda Volta do Duche 12).  Technically a kind of bite-size cheesecake (made with fresh cheese, flour, cinnamon and sugar), it tasted like the world’s best snickerdoodle.


The travesseiro from Casa Piriquita (Rua das Padarias 1, Sintra) was also heavenly.  It had an airy pastry exterior and was filled with another perfect cream.  This cream was almondy with the consistency of lemon curd.

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