O Pastel de Tentúgal, How I Love You So | Wandering Portugal

You probably don’t have a clue about Tentúgal, Portugal, but it’s one of the most compelling town I’ve visited after over 40 years of visiting Europe. Tentúgal is famous for its incredible pastries called Pastel de Tentúgal. They’re not expensive, and you’ll wonder why when you see them make it in our video!

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The Famous Pastéis de Tentúgal.

If you need a reason to go to Portugal and have a sweet tooth, you needn’t search for a reason. If you can’t find a sweet in any Portuguese village that millions of web wonks aren’t touting, usually using egg yolks like they fell freely to the earth day and night, then you aren’t looking hard enough.

What you see up on the top is a baking pan crammed with very interesting pastries called Pastéis de Tentúgal. The town of Tentúgal was once equal in power to Coimbra, which is a mere 18 km away. It once had a monastery whose Carmelite nuns invented, in the 16th century, these difficult-to-make little bundles of flaky egginess. Today the monastery is rising from the ashes due to the perseverance of the owners of the bakery called O Afonso. A more involved couple you will never meet (unless you happen to be extremely lucky).

There’s a little secret behind these pastéis. The infinitely thin wrapper reminds one of filo dough. It’s not. It’s simply a special high-gluten flour with enough water added to make a smooth dough. That’s it. Then the dough is stretched until it is transparent in your hands on a special floor in a special building. This happens, like a dance, in three movements. It is both a graceful act and a demanding one. To do it right takes no less than two years of training.

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The stretched dough

We were so enamored with the process, we made a little video. I hope you watch to the end; there’s rather a surprise ending.

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O Pastel de Tentúgal, How I Love You So originally appeared on WanderingPortgual.com , updated: Feb 12, 2024 © .