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Traditional Christmas sweets in Portugal

With Christmas approaching, it's hard not to start thinking about the sweets we're going to make for this time of year and bring family and friends together at the table.

Christmas desserts are very popular in Portugal, and there are many traditional sweets from this Christmas season that cannot be missed on our table! And, the Portuguese like a good table full of sweets for Christmas Eve.

These are some of the best and most traditional Portuguese Christmas sweets.

1 - Bolo Rei

Even for those who are less fond of this cake, it is essential to always have a Bolo Rei on the Christmas table. Considered, by many, the symbol of wealth and good luck. It is a crown-shaped sweet, filled with dried and candied fruits.

2 - Rabanadas or Fatias Douradas

Another essential sweet on the Christmas table is Rabanadas. Made of bread, soaked in milk, port wine, breaded in egg and fried, served with powdered sugar and cinnamon.

3- Sonhos

Sonhos are another very popular sweet at Christmas time, on Portuguese tables. A simple sweet, fried dough sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, you can add pumpkin or carrots to the dough. Small but delicious!

4- Coscorões

Originally from the Alentejo, this sweet is made with wheat flour dough and eggs, stretched into a wide, thin strip, to remain crispy after frying. They are served again with sugar and cinnamon.

5 – Azevias

They are a conventual sweet, made with mashed chickpea or pumpkin and sweet potato. They are also fried and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.

6 – Filhoses

They are a fried sweet, typical throughout the country but each region has its own recipe. They are made with flour, eggs, pumpkin, orange and fried in olive oil.

7 - Broa Castelar

Broa Castelar is made with sweet potatoes and almonds. They are mainly typical in the Lisbon region but quickly spread throughout the country.

In December, we will start making one of the Portuguese's most beloved Christmas sweets in our Portuguese Cooking Classes! We are waiting for you! Book your place now.

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​1150-068 Lisboa, Portugal

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