With its distinctive caramelized, creme brulee-like top, pastéis de nata are easily Portugal’s favorite dessert. Legend says they were created in the 13th century by monks in Lisbon, as a way to use up egg yolks separated from the egg whites that were used for laundry. A star was born, and you can now find versions of this treat around the world. Join Laura Pyles as she teaches you the history of this classic treat, along with some contemporary versions to get your creative juices bubbling. You’ll make sheets of puff pastry that you’ll shape into a tableful of sweets: traditional vanilla and cinnamon custard pasteis de nata; chocolate pasteis de nata; passion fruit pasteis de nata; and rhubarb topped pasteis de nata. And while your dough is resting, you’ll whip up some petiscos to sate your hunger. On the menu: peixinhos da horta (tempura green beans); green olive dip; and flame-roasted chorizo.
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