Pasteis de Belem. A Little Pastry and its Secret
It's a secret for almost 180 years - and there are only three men in the world, who know it. You'll never trick them into revealing it. But if you visit them in Belem (Lisboa), you can smell and taste it.
Hundreds of years ago, Belém was known as the place where all great discoverers and conquerors set sail. Today, Belém conquers the hearts of tourists and sweet tooths – with just one little pastry. The Pastéis de Belém is a small pastry of meal, sugar, eggs, milk and butter . You may ask: "That’s all? What’s so secret about such a normal and easy recipe?"
Well, the secret is the temperature and the composition of the ingredients. And this secret is kept by Miguel Carinhas, the owner of the family business, Confeteria Pastéis de Belém. It is so well kept, that he or his two pastry chefs only do the preparation of the little tartlets behind locked doors. Because the Pastéis is so famous and – yes we tried them – so delicious, Carinhas and his team have to bake about 20,000 Pastéis a day. Well, maybe we’ll never know the secret, but sometimes tasting is more important than knowing. So: Enjoy your Pastéis de Belém during your next stop in Lisbon!
Adress: Rua de Belém nº 84 a 92, 1300 – 085 Lisboa, Portugal