Traditional Portuguese desserts are rich, delicious and fit perfectly with a vegetarian diet. Here are a few examples to add some sweets to your meals.
Bolo de Bolacha Chocolate Roll
- 200g plain tea biscuits
- 250g sugar
- 150g butter
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbs milk
- 75g powdered chocolate
- 1 tsp coffee powder
- 1 egg, separated
In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter until well blended. Stir in lemon juice, coffee powder, milk, egg yolk and chocolate powder. Mix until everything is thick and creamy.
Crush tea biscuits into small pieces (no larger than 1 cm) and gently fold them into the creamed chocolate mixture.
Lay out a large piece of non-greased paper on a flat surface. Lightly sprinkle it with sugar. Place your dough in the center, and use the paper to form it into a thick roll. Let it chill in the refrigerator for at least 5 hours before you start slicing it.
This is a very easy cake recipe and perfect for when you need to take a dessert to a party or picnic.
Makes 8 servings. Preparation time is 30 minutes.
Goji Berry Layer Cake
- 2 tbs blackcurrant jam
- 300ml whipping cream
- 250g self-rising flour
- 200g caster sugar
- 6 eggs, separated
- 50g Goji berries
- 1 lemon
- 50g butter
- 2 bananas
- 1 kiwi fruit
- 1 vanilla pod
Stir together sugar, lemon zest, egg yolks and the seeds from the vanilla pod. Then add flour and butter, and stir to combine. Mash one of the bananas, and add that into the mix along with most of the Goji berries (save about a dozen of them out for decorating the top of the cake).
In another bowl, beat the egg whites until they are firm, then fold them into the batter. Grease two round cake pans, and pour the batter into each of them equally. Bake at 210C for about 20 minutes.
Turn off the heat, but leave both cakes in the oven for another minute. Then take them out, and let them cool for 2 more minutes before turning them out of their pans. Place one of the cake layers on a plate, and spread a layer of jam on the top. Let the cake cool for another 10 minutes after that.
Slice the bananas, and spread them out over the layer of jam. Whip the cream, and spread thickly over the slices of banana. Gently set the other cake section on top, but do not press it down. Top the cake with the remaining whipped cream and decorate with slices of kiwi and the last of the Goji berries.
Makes between 4 and 6 servings. Preparation time is 40 minutes.