Saturday, September 23, 2017

Antiga Confeitaria de Belém: Glorious Iconic Dessert at Pasteis de Belém (Lovely Lisbon Series 7)

Antiga Confeitaria de Belém 
Glorious Iconic Dessert at Pasteis de Belém  
Lovely Lisbon Series 7

After having a heavy lunch at the Queijadas de Belem,
I immediately went to the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém,
and braved the kilometric  queue for our belated dessert. 


Since 1837, Antiga Confeitaria de Belém 
began making the original Pastéis de Belém,
following a time- honoured tradition from an
ancient recipe from the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. 



These famous pastries have, known to many as
 "Portuguese custard tarts" or "pastéis de nata", are
 baked from the original secret recipe created by the
 monks at the monastery from the spare egg yolks,
 as they use the egg whites to starch religious clothes.

Pastéis de Nata mistakenly referred as the
Pasteis de Belém, the original version being
 made at the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém,


…a patisserie that comes recommended by
locals, by Portuguese tourism authorities,
by tour guides and almost every guidebook,  


…which explains the long and  chaotic lines in and out of the store.


After acquiring the precious, sweet loot, 


....I joined my family at the Jardim de Belem,



…to savor creamy custard, nestled
in a perfectly baked golden pie crust,


… lightly dusted with cinnamon and
sprinkled with fine powdered sugar,
for a delightful dessert nirvana.


The Antiga Confeitaria de Belém is the traditional home
of Pastel de Nata, a delicious pastry that some tourists,
erroneously call  Pastéis de Belem. In reality, it literally
means Belem Patisserie, referring to the ancient bakery.

No trip to Belem is complete without
lining up in this loud and chaotic cafe.

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