Queijadas de Feijão (Portuguese Sweet Bean Pastry)

Queijadas are the quintessential Portuguese dessert pastry. With endless variations and ways to enjoy them, these are by far the most popular Portuguese dessert and in many people’s opinion, the most delicious treats around. Most queijadas are very simple to make yet the taste is anything but, and it is no surprised they are enjoyed worldwide. Queijadas de feijão are one of the most popular versions of this dessert and this recipe is pretty standard as far as this specific kind goes. The texture and sweetness of the bean is really what makes this dessert so special and must be enjoyed for you to understand what it is really like. With that said, go ahead and try this delicious recipe out and tell us what you think!

For the pastry:
200g of plain flour
125g of cold unsalted butter
1 pinch of salt
80ml of luke warm water

For the filling:
6 egg yolks
175g of sugar
150g of red bean puree
100g of ground almonds
1tsp of vanilla essence

1) Pre-heat the oven at 200 ºC.

2) Prepare the pastry by adding the cold unsalted butter to the flour and the salt. Mix well. Slowly add the water and mix till it resembles a smooth dough. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes.

3) Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar till they are pale and fluffy.

4) Add in the Red bean puree (can be achieved by boiling red beans for 45 minutes and then reduced to a puree in a conventional food processor).

5) Mix in the ground almonds and the vanilla essence and fold everything very well.

6) Grease a 6 muffin tray with butter and dust with flour.

7) Roll out the pastry on a slightly floured clean surface and with a circular pastry cutter, cut circles to fit each compartment of the muffin case.

8) Fill each one with 1.5 tablespoons of the cake mix and bake in the hot oven for 25 minutes.

8) Remove from the oven and set aside to cool down completely. Dust each cake with icing sugar.

9) Serve and enjoy!

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