A Portuguese delish, Tigeladas

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It’s been a long time since I last posted a Portuguese recipe, and truth be told, I really miss doing it!

Today I bring you an easy and yet, tasty delish. You may never heard about it since it’s not so known as the Pastel de Nata for instance, but for us Portuguese folk, it makes part of our life for so long, that we almost forget to talk about it.

Tigeladas. There is no word to translate it, but tigeladas comes from the word “tigela”, which means bowl. But this particular bowl is not an ordinary one; it’s an earthenware bowl, the right and only one to use in this recipe. Sure you can make it in other kind of recipient, but the result won’t be the same as the original tigeladas.

Tigeladas - Devaneios de Chocolate.JPGLike many other Portuguese recipes, this one was born in a Convent of nuns. The legend tells that a lady that used to work and help the Abrantes nuns (Centre of Portugal) learnt the recipe with them and passed the secret of the recipe to the next generation. And it survived, luckily, ‘til our days! Of course, this legend is not accurate; the origin and time of tigeladas is still an uncertain. The only certain thing about tigeladas is that they need that earthenware bowl for sure; after all, that’s where the origin of the name is! And the most famous ones you can find in Abrantes.

To assemble:
(Makes 6 – Faz 6)

250 g of brown sugar | açúcar amarelo
0,5 l of semi-skimmed milk | leite meio gordo
3 Eggs | ovos
1 Tablespoon of flour | colher de sopa de farinha
1 Tablespoon of honey | colher de sopa de mel
1 Lemon zest | raspa de limão
Olive oil to grease | azeite para untar

Pre-heat the oven (260º C). Grease 6 earthenware bowls with olive oil and put them in the oven. Prepare the recipe.
Pré-aqueça o forno (260º C). Unte 6 tigelas de barro com azeite e leve ao forno. Prepare a receita.

Whisk the eggs with the sugar, the honey and the lemon zest. Add the flour and for last, the milk. Mix everything.
Bata os ovos com açúcar, mel e a raspa de limão. Adicione a farinha e por último, o leite. Misture tudo.

Fill the bowls – at this point, they must be really hot -, without taking them from the oven with the help of a ladle. Let them cook for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Encha as tigelas – sem as retirar do forno e com a ajuda de uma concha. Deixe cozinha cerca de 15 a 20 minutos.

You can eat and serve tigeladas in the bowl or not. Just have the attention that if you don’t want to eat it in the bowl, you have to remove the tigelada while still warm, otherwise it will stick to the bowl.
Pode servi-las nas tigelas ou pode retirá-las – atenção que tem que fazer este processo enquanto elas estão mornas.

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For a last curiosity, at the first of May, there is a party called Festa das Tigeladas (Tigeladas Party) in Idanha-a-Nova (inner Centre of Portugal), just in case if you’re passing by 😉


Já se passou algum tempo desde que publiquei uma receita Portuguesa, e para dizer a verdade, tive saudades!

Hoje trago uma receita muito fácil, e ainda assim, bem saborosa. Para os que não são Portugueses, podem não a conhecer – já que o Pastel de Nata ofusca tudo -, mas para nós, as tigeladas são algo que fazem também parte da nossa vida desde há muito tempo.

As tigeladas são originalmente feitas em tigelas de barro – daí o nome. Esta receita foi criada num convento de freiras. A lenda diz que uma senhora que trabalhava e ajudava as freiras de Abrantes, aprendeu a receita e passou-a às gerações seguintes da sua família. E assim sobreviveu até aos dias de hoje. Claro que a lenda não é certa; a origem e ano são muito incertos. A única coisa absoluta da receita é que é de facto preciso tigelas de barro. As tigeladas mais famosas do País são as que se encontram em Abrantes precisamente.

Uma última curiosidade, no 1º de Maio existe a Festa das Tigeladas em Idanha-a-Nova – só para o caso estejam a passar perto! 😉

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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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