BREAKFAST TIME :: PORTUGUESE

by Carolyn
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Good morning folks! Hope you all had a delicious breakfast today. I’m starting off a new short series called “breakfast time” where I will share some international breakfasts with you. Don’t get me wrong, I love breakfast rituals and most of the time I’m looking forward to weekends and my standard goat cheese with honey or scrambled eggs, but I also recognized that some variety on the breakfast plate cannot be wrong. This brainwave came as I coped myself looking for eggs benedict in Hamburg. I have eaten eggs benedict for the last year and beside all european cafés Hamburg has to offer I stopped at the one with eggs benedict on the menu. Not good. Luckily I collected my wits and we went for a french galette with parma ham and ruccola. Voliá! So here comes some breakfast inspiration to indulge yourself and your lovely ones. We are kicking it off with something easy and sweet: the Portuguese breakfast.

We all should eat more cakes for breakfast. Doesn’t it make sense to eat sweet in the morning so we can burn all the calories during the day. This sweet Portuguese pastries are called Pasteis de Nata and are super easy to prepare; you can enjoy them warm or cold. Switch your daily peanut butter-jelly sandwich fror these crispy and smooth tartlet.

Galao is Portuguese equivalent to café latte. Mix of one quarter espresso and three quarters foamed milk. The milk is usually not as foamy as the cafe latte milk and it’s served in a smaller glass. Apart from that, it’s pretty the same thing, but hey – why don’t call your café latte fancy galao for one weekend?

You can add some marmalade on top of the natas and for the health factor – a bowl of fruit is always a good choice. Only a bunch of your favorite magazines is missing for the slow Sunday breakfast.

Pasteis de Nata Recipe

Ingredients {makes 12 – 14} :
1 package puff pastry

7 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp grated orange peel

Preparation:
• Add egg yolks to a medium sized sauce pan, mix in the sugar and whisk until the sugar is pretty much dissolved.
• Add vanilla and milk to the egg-sugar mixture. Combine well.
• Take about 5 tbsp from the mixture and mix it in a smaller bowl with the flour and corbstarch
Pour back the liquid while whisking. Add the orange peel.
• Bring the mixture to boil and stir until the mixture is creamy. It will take less than 10 min to thickens. Set aside and let it cool down.
• Preheat the oven to 395°F
• Butter a muffin pan. Roll the pasty thinly. Cut out circles. The circles should be a little bit bigger that the muffin tins. Line them into the muffin pan.
• Fill the pasty with the custard; make sure not to make the tins full. Almost to the top is fine. Bake for about 25 min. You can leave them also some minutes longer in the oven if they are not golden enough.

Tip: Don’t get panic – as I did – if your natas inflate, they will get in shape once you take them out of the oven and they start to cool down.

Enjoy and please let me know if you are going to make them. Also I would love to hear what you guys think about this series?

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