PORTUGAL’S MOST famous confectionary makers, Pastéis de Belém, received the Medal of Honour of the City of Lisbon last Friday from the President of Lisbon Câmara, Pedro Santana Lopes.
This famous Portuguese pastry house, with its already long history (in September it commemorates 165 years of existence), is traced back to the beginning of the 19th century. Thousands of cakes are baked and sold each day at the original shop in Belém. The Pastéis de Belém were renowned to have been the savory desert of many of the clergymen of the Monastery of Jerónimos in Belém. The famous old recipe is still the same as used in the pastéis purchased today. If you’ve not been there, then you are missing out on one of life’s treats!