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Tentúgal - a town built on pastry

Some places are known for their waters, others for their wine – but in Portugal Tentúgal, not too far from Montemor-o-Velho, is know for its pastries. Set coincidently half way between, Coimbra and the beach at Figueira da Foz the town of just 2,141 is still a sweet destination in Portugal.

The Pastel of Tentúgal is a sweet treat created by the Carmelite nuns of the Convent of Our Lady of Carmo de Tentúgal. This pastry was one of the finalist candidates to the 7 Wonders of Portuguese Cuisine.

In this Portuguese pastry, there is meeting of puff pastry and filling made of egg yolk and sugar. The recipe came from the Convent of Tentúgal, but the secular version, Palitos Folhados, appeared in the early 1890s at the hotel of Dona Maria da Conceicao Faria, a popular stop on the road from Coimbra to Figueira da Foz.

To this day the town is major teatime stop over, and many small cafes and eateries serve the tasty pasties, and other great local delicacies such as pumpkin bread and fresh cheese.

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