The pastel de nata is the most iconic pastry of Portugal. And we enjoyed a few to cap off a wonderful day at one of the most famous places to eat these in all the world (and the original bakery who makes them) Pastéis de Belém.? ? The history is fascinating, as 18th century monks & nuns in Lisbon were using large amounts of egg whites for starching clothes, and had all these yolks leftover. This is what sparked the idea for making pastries to sell with the leftover yolks, and thus the birth of pastel de nata (and other cakes & pastries around Portugal)? ?

The pastel de nata is the most iconic pastry of Portugal. And we enjoyed a few to cap off a wonderful day at one of the most famous places to eat these in all the world (and the original bakery who makes them) Pastéis de Belém.?
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The history is fascinating, as 18th century monks & nuns in Lisbon were using large amounts of egg whites for starching clothes, and had all these yolks leftover. This is what sparked the idea for making pastries to sell with the leftover yolks, and thus the birth of pastel de nata (and other cakes & pastries around Portugal)?
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