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Portugal is once again on the "lips of the world"

If there was still any doubt that Portuguese sweets conquered gluttons all over the world, the ranking elaborated by TasteAtlas, an experiential travel guide for traditional food, confirmed the truth

The list, consisting of sweets and savory treats made with puff pastry, ranks 100 traditional products from various countries, and the pastel de Belém won first place.

In second place is the pastel de nata, and those who think the two are the same are wrong. The pastel de Belém has the particularity of being exclusively produced in the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém, next to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Lisbon. The ingredients are different, but since the recipe is secret, the element that distinguishes them is not known.

The Berlin ball, on the other hand, got the 26th position in the ranking. The traditional German cake came to us during World War II, "by the hand of Jewish refugees" and, although it was originally filled with red fruit jam, it was adapted and filled with the very Portuguese pastry cream.

The famous travesseiros de Sintra, sweets filled with egg and almond cream, occupy the 94th place.

In the top5, besides pastéis de nata and Belém, are the focaccia di Recco from Italy in third place, the Swedish kanelbulle in fourth place, and the Bulgarian banitsa in fifth place.

You can consult the complete list here.


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