Portuguese Sweets to Try at Home

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I kinda think that Portuguese sweets are a bit underrated, mostly because they are not as widely known or recognized as desserts from other European countries, such as France or Italy. But that’s mostly a marketing and exposure issue, since most Portuguese sweets are not commonly found in bakeries or restaurants outside of Portugal.

I say sweets, but it’s kinda the entire Portuguese cuisine, and I hope in part with this blog to help share some of the absolutely delicious things that Portugal has to offer.

So, let’s check some Portuguese sweets I recommend to try and make at home! In no particular order ;D

Portuguese Sweets to Try at Home


Creamy Carrot Cake with Chocolate Ganache – Who doesn’t like a dense, creamy and moist… anything? Hahahah this carrot cake is a fantastic recipe, you want a cake that will deliver every time, this is the cake for you, easy to make, lasts a long time and its loved by adults and children, go bake it! ;D


Sweet Rice Pudding with no Eggs – Oh how I love a nice rice pudding, if I could, I would have it every day hehehe, there are a lot of different versions and recipes, this one is called a white rice pudding, just because it doesn’t use eggs, so it tends to a more simple, less rich version, that sometimes tastes the best!


Chocolate Salami with Maria Cookies and Pistachio – Chocolate salami is a very common and popular dessert in Portugal and Italy, basically it’s a log of chocolate with some cookies inside (to mimic a chorizo that has the meat with chunks of meat), it’s a delicious combination of creamy, crunchy and sweet.


Creamy Coconut Sweet – This is kinda a shared recipe with Brazil, it’s one of those sweets you can make in 5 minutes flat! It’s 3 ingredients, and just mix, mold balls and bake, easy as that and absolutely delicious, especially if you love coconut!


Traditional Marzipan and Egg String Sweets – This is a very traditional sweet from the Algarve region of Portugal, I absolutely love it, and although it’s kinda a hard sweet to master at home, it’s a very easy sweet to make it’s more the molding the different animals that take practice, but you can just start by making some delicious balls or marzipan and then move from there 🙂


Creamy Egg Custard – This is an absolute classic, it can be served like this simple, but it’s also common to make this as a sort of sauce or part of a bigger dessert.

And that’s it I hope you enjoyed these recommendations and that you try one or two at home, if you have any questions or issues feel free to send to me down below in the comments. Ohh and have you tried any Portuguese sweet yet? ;D

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