Portuguese food

The food of Portugal is rich, & has a depth of intensity just like its people.

Monday, January 31, 2011

1 year anniversary - Friands ( Toucinho do Ceu)

Portuguese Kitchen turns 1 year old today. It was started in the wee hours of the 31st at 12.30am when this new blogger couldn't sleep due to glandular fever. When I'd started the blog I'd been home bound for 5 months. I was very bored & restless, & thought it would be a brilliant idea to pass away some of the time by sharing the food  I grew up with. Little did I know it would take another year for me to fully recover.
To commemorate the occasion I've got a new header, thanks to my sister in law for designing it. I hope you like it.

In 2008 I took a trip to Portugal & found that my passion for Portuguese food grew, it is as I've said many times before, it's more than just Portuguese chicken & custard tarts. I think I've proven that in this blog.
With my new found health my life this year is going in a very different direction, I plan to be very busy so I'm not sure how often I'll be able to post, whether it'll be every week or every month. Whatever it's going to be I'm happy this blog has grown, at last count several thousand read this blog every week, from countries such as the US, UK, Australia, & Portugal being 4th on the list. It has surely surpassed my expectations, I really had expected only a handful of people reading this blog.

I hope you've enjoyed reading & learning about Portugal.
Today as it's celebration time, I've posted a friand cake, which is french, the Portuguese have a very similar cake called Toucinho do Ceu.
This recipe is slightly different to the original Portuguese one, I think it's much lighter.
Almond trees grow all over the Algarve & each winter for 3 weeks they flower producing an explosion of colour that blankets the landscape with white or pink blossoms.  It's a site to be hold really. There are lot's & lot's of sweets made in Portugal using almonds.
The recipe I've provided is from the Women's Weekly More Cakes & Slices, it's a great recipe  which I've used for years.


185g butter, melted
1 cup almond meal
6 egg whites, beaten
240g icing sugar
75g plain flour
100g frozen or fresh mixed berries 

1. Weigh the dry ingredients in a bowl

 2. Whip the egg white lightly

3. Melt the butter add it to the dry ingredients & then fold in the egg whites gently.

 4. Spray the muffin tins with baking spray. Add the friand mixture into each tin. Bake for 10 min at 170 degrees. After 10 min add the mixed berries & bake a further 10 min.

  • If you add the frozen berries straight to the mixture I find that they sink to the bottom, so cooking  the friand slightly allows them to stay on top.


Not Quite Nigella said...

Happy first anniversary! And yes gouge absolutely proved that portuguese food is more than chicken and tarts! May there be many more!

belnboo said...

Happy Anniversary!Yumm love the friands

Zoe said...

Happy anniversary!!!

Portuguese Kitchen said...

Thanks Lorraine!

Thank you belnboo!

Thanks Zoe!

Anonymous said...

Happy aniversary!!! keep up the good work..

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Am sooo happy to find ur blog @ur first anniv!
These little cakes sure look so delicious!
I lovee adding whipped egg whites to the batter , really lightens it , doesnt it?
AM looking for an email suscrb so that i never miss a post here but cant find it :-(
Happy day and lookin forward!

Mefinx said...

Hello, I'm really glad I found this blog. We have just got back from a trip to Lisbon and I'm dying to try recreating some of that fantastic food.

These cakes will be perfect for using up some of our garden produce. We have a productive almond tree and also grow raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.

Also, while in Lisbon we tasted a fantastic light meal of sausage and scrambled egg at the restaurant in the Castel de St Jorge. Have you come acrosss that?