Portuguese Pastries to Pick Up

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You might not know it, but Portugal is a country that makes some of the most delicious pastries on the planet. This small southwestern European nation is obsessed with sweet treats, a fact that is reflected in the quality of their pastries.

If you find yourself traveling to the country of fado and sardines, here are three pastries that you should absolutely seek out.

Bolas de Berlim

Believe it or not, this Portuguese pastry actually has its roots in Germany, where it is known as a Berliner Pfannkuchen. In Portugal, these fried doughnuts are commonly filled with cream, chocolate, or fruits to make a sweet, rich pastry dessert.

Pasteis de Nata

Perhaps the most famous Portuguese dessert on a worldwide scale is its Pasteis de Nata. These custard tarts are made with egg yolks and served warm, topped with powdered sugar and cinnamon. They are the perfect complement to a cup of coffee.

Bolo de Arroz

Ever tried a rice muffin before? Bolos de arroz are quite popular in Portugal, but these muffin treats are made with rice instead of flour. They are wrapped in paper, common at breakfast, and can undoubtedly be found at any decent Portuguese bakery.