Made in Portugal #3

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Vamos falar de coisas boas e doces? Pois bem, ja muita gente conhecera os Rebucados de Ovo de Portalegre. Bons, bons, experimentei-os ha uns anos numa loja gourmet e desde entao que sou fa. Nao os compro sempre que vou a Portugal e sendo um produto especializado, nao se encontra a venda em todos os sitios.

Reza a lenda que as freiras do Convento de santa Clara, em Portalegre, nao sabiam o que fazer com tanta gema de ovo que restava depois de usarem as claras para varios outros fins (nem sempre culinarios). Adicionaram-lhe acucar e ao longo de varios seculos aprimoraram a receita que e tao tradicional daquela zona. Ha alguns anos, um jovem de Portalegre aventurou-se em recuperar estes rebucados, dar-lhes uma nova cara e leva-los para la de Portalegre. Nascia assim o Sabores Santa Clara que conta ja com muitos outros produtos para alem dos rebucados.

Numa altura em que, finalmente, Portugal comeca a valorizar e orgulhar-se das suas tradicoes – sejam culinarias ou de outra natureza – vale a pena conhecer e dar a conhecer o que por la se faz. A ousadia em dar nova vida a um produto antigo, pelos vistos, compensa e nos (dentro e fora de Portugal), agradecemos este sabor tao doce e tao tipico.

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Let’s talk about good sweet things? Well, a lot of people already know the egg candies of Portalegre. They are so so good! I tried them for the first time a few years ago in a gourmet shop and since then I’m fan. I don’t buy them everytime I go to Portugal  because as they are a specialized product, it is available in every shop.

Traditionally, eggs play a big role in Portuguese sweets. They can be found in a great part of cakes, puddings and all sorts of candies. Legend has it that the nuns of the Convent of Santa Clara, in Portalegre, did not know what to do with so much egg yolk that was left after using the white for various other purposes (not always cooking). So they decided to add sugar to it and over several centuries they perfected this recipe that is so traditional to that area. Some years ago, a young man from Portalegre ventured himself in recovering these sweets, give them a fresh look and take them beyond the city. Thus was born Sabores Santa Clara – Santa Clara Flavours – which has now many other products besides these candies.

At a time when, finally, Portugal is beginning to appreciate and be proud of its traditions – whether culinary or otherwise – it is worth to know and spread the knowledgeof  what is being done within its borders. The boldness of giving a new life to an old product is being fruitful and we (inside and out of Portugal) are very thankful for such a lovely typical flavour.

Note: all photos were taken from the internet.

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