Traditions to keep | Tradições

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The official first post of 2016, wo uh! 😀

Hope you’re ok and excited as I am to start this New Year. In my last post, I forgot to tell something really important, and that is: thank you! All of you. And all the people I met last year. I’m really grateful and I’m happy to have you in my life.

Back to the actual post: you know that the women of my family have the tradition to get together and bake some Portuguese broas. Although the time to bake them is in November and not December, we decided to make them anyway to give as presents to our family and friends.

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So, for the last time in the last year, in December, I and my mom took a day to bake 20 trays of broas. It was a little bit exhausting, but it was worth it. In fact, we are used to say in Portuguese, “tudo vale a pena se a alma não é pequena” – translation: “everything is worthy if the soul is not small” (quote from Fernando Pessoa, one of the greatest Portuguese poets and writers of the 19th/20th Century. This quote is from his famous poem “Mar Português”).

Broas done and ready, we wrap them in beautiful paper and bows, and then we gave them as a gift to the special ones.

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I cannot share our family recipe with you, but since I’m a very nice person, I will give you another broas recipe that we usually made as well, so you can try them at your home. These ones are called Boras de Melbroas with honey. (Note that they aren’t the same if you bake them in a regular oven).

Hope you like them!

800 g of flour | farinha
500 g of sugar | açúcar
4 Eggs | ovos
4 Tablespoons of honey | colheres de sopa de mel
2 Tablespoons of butter at room temperature | colheres de sopa de manteiga à temperatura ambiente
4 Teaspoons of cinammon | colheres de sobremesa de canela
4 Teaspoons of fennel | colheres de sobremesa de erva doce
2 Teaspoons of baking powder | colheres de sobremesa de fermento em pó
1 Teaspoon of salt | colher de sobremesa de sal

Beat the eggs with the sugar. Add the rest of the ingredients.
Add more flour if needed, until you’re able to shape small balls with the dough.
Bata os ovos com o açúcar. Adicione os restantes ingredientes. Adicione mais farinha se necessário, até que consiga dar a forma de pequenas bolas de massa.


O primeiro artigo oficial de 2016, wo uh! 😀

Espero que estejam tão excitados quanto eu para começar este Novo Ano. No meu último post, esqueci-me de dizer-vos algo muito importante e isto é: muito obrigado! A todos vocês! E por todas as pessoas que conheci no passado ano. Estou muito feliz por ter-vos de alguma forma na minha vida.

De volta ao que me trouxe: as mulheres da minha família têm a tradição de se juntarem e fazerem broas. Embora a altura de as fazer seja em Novembro e não Dezembro, decidimos fazê-las na mesma para oferecer aos nossos familiares e amigos.

Então, no ano passado, em Dezembro, eu e a minha mãe lá fizemos cerca de 20 tabuleiros de broas. Foi cansativo, mas valeu a pena – “tudo vale a pena quando a alma não é pequena”, já Fernando Pessoa dizia.

Broas feitas e prontas, fizemos bonitos embrulhos de papel com laços e demos aos nossos queridos amigos e família.

Não posso partilhar com vocês a nossa receita de família, mas já que sou boa pessoa, deixo-vos outra receita de broas que também costumamos de fazer – Broas de Mel.

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Author: M.

I’m M., the baker. Mid 20’s, tourist guide by day, chocoholic and foodie by night. I love food and everything related to it. I decided to create this blog after discovering that I love being in the kitchen, get my hands dirty and create delicious meals and desserts. Once in a while and randomly I will post other things that I enjoy in life and makes me happy, but in the end, everything will lead us to food! :)

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