Barriga De Freira (Nuns' Bellies)

This simple, classic Portuguese dessert combines sugar, eggs, butter, and bread into a delicious dish
Barriga De Freira (Nuns' Bellies)

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Bakers in Portugal make over 200 different types of pastries, and most of them can trace their origins to the time of the arrival of the Moors. By the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, convents were employing women and nuns to make sweets to help support their abbeys and charity work, and sold everything from behind cloistered gates. Even today, many of the desserts still have names with religious connotations like barriga de freira, or "nuns' bellies."

This recipe is courtesy of Food.com.

4
Servings
472
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 8 Ounces sugar
  • 3/4 Cups water
  • 1 Ounce butter, cubed
  • 8 Ounces fresh white bread, crumbed
  • 8 Egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted
  • Cinnamon, to taste

Directions

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
24g
34%
Sugar
6g
7%
Saturated Fat
5g
21%
Cholesterol
35mg
12%
Carbohydrate, by difference
51g
39%
Protein
14g
30%
Vitamin A, RAE
49µg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
40mg
4%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
9g
36%
Folate, total
40µg
10%
Iron, Fe
8mg
44%
Magnesium, Mg
14mg
4%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
51mg
7%
Selenium, Se
5µg
9%
Sodium, Na
382mg
25%
Water
32g
1%