Fall is here. FALL IS HERE! Let’s all wear chunky sweaters, scarves and everything in burgundy. And let’s all be super basic and drink pumpkin spice lattes because fuck it. They’re delicious and WE ALL KNOW IT.
When in Lisbon, one does as any tourist does and one visits the Pastéis de Belém bakery for a lovely delicious little custard tart. Sure you can buy them anywhere else, but we’ve tried others and the one at the bakery in Belém – with the long line of tourists in front – is definitely the yummiest. (They sell like a million a day, so don’t expect to find much love and care inside these pastries.)
Pro tip: Notice that you’re supposed to line up in two lines, while all the tourists line up in one line. Queue up there and get some old tourist lady really angry at you for cutting in line. Point annoyingly at the signs that say that you should line up in two lines. Then have that lady push in behind you so that she can get in front again. Fun times!
Here is something good that came out of the Dutch colonisation of Indonesia: Spekkoek (or kue lapis legit). Wikipedia says:
The cake is very rich – a 20 cm × 20 cm (7.9 in × 7.9 in) cake can contain up to thirty egg yolks, 500 grams (18 oz) of butter, and 400 grams (14 oz) of sugar.
This one really travelled the world. Originally a Chinese fried pastry, but bought in The Netherlands (probably made here too). So, this time around we present you a true international superstar dessert: Onde-Onde, also known as Jin Deui.
Boterkoek can be roughly translated to butter cake (or LITERALLY butter cookie) and the name doesn’t lie! Not even in the name of science! Except that it does lie, it is not a cookie. There is definitely butter in it, though. It is also definitely delicious. You’ll make it and then it will be eaten before you notice that it was ready. Continue reading