Toucinho do Céu

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Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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Among the many doces conventuais, toucinho do céu (bacon from heaven) is a rich and moist cake that was created by nuns in the northern Trás-os-Montes province. It is composed of flour, sugar, butter, eggs, egg yolks, ground almonds, and cinnamon. The original convent recipe was heavier, quite possibly including lard instead of butter, though the name may simply be metaphorical, to reflect the richness of the dessert.