Portuguese Sweets

Portuguese Sweets

Portugal is famous for a little custard tart called nata. Here is a box containing a nata as well as the traditional pastry of Sintra and two other delicious goodies!

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Apple Pie

Apple Pie

For this pie, I used my Simple Pie Crust recipe.

Ingredients:
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
5 medium-large apples (peeled, cored, and sliced into chunks)
juice of one lemon (or 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice)

OPTIONAL *3 tablespoons butter

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In small bowl, mix together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Meanwhile, in large bowl, sprinkle apples with lemon juice. Toss so they are evenly coated. Stir sugar mixture in with apples. Set aside.
Roll out dough and place in pie pan. Pour apple mixture into prepared pan. If you’d like, dot apples with cubes of butter (up to 3 tablespoons).
Use remainder of dough to form top crust of the pie, or lattice. (My lattice isn’t the prettiest, but I’m still new to pies). To make lattice, roll dough and cut strips with a pizza cutter. Weave the strips or just cross them, as I did, to form a checker pattern.
Brush the top of the pie with egg wash or melted butter. You can sprinkle cinnamon and sugar along the top as well. Wrap edges gently with aluminum foil.
Bake pie in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove aluminum foil with 15 minutes left for cooking time.
Let pie rest 20 minutes before slicing.

NOTE: You may notice that some of my crust appears to┬ábe missing. I wrapped my aluminum foil a little too tightly around the crust before baking…

NOTE 2: The center of my crust is slightly more brown then the edges. Be sure to place the pie on the bottom rack of the oven so that the top coils don’t burn your center crust!

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cookies

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cookies

These cookies are so different from any other that I make. They have the consistency of a delicious apple cinnamon muffin so you can even eat them for breakfast!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups Old Fashioned oats
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 apple: peeled, cored, and diced

Easy Icing Ingredients:
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 tablespoon milk

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large bowl, mix brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
Mix in remaining cookie ingredients and stir until well blended. Drop by rounded teaspoonful on cookie sheet. Bake 9-12 minutes or until cookies are set. Cool on wire rack.

For the icing: mix confectioner’s sugar and milk. Drizzle over cookies to add a little sweetness!

This recipe yields about 3 dozen small cookies. Try adding in different kinds of nuts for a special treat!