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Barriga De Freira (Nuns' Bellies)

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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
529
Calories Per Serving

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
Servings4
Calories Per Serving529
Total Fat16g25%
Sugar60gN/A
Saturated7g34%
Cholesterol307mg100%
Protein11g22%
Carbs86g29%
Vitamin A151µg17%
Vitamin B120.5µg9%
Vitamin B60.2mg8.1%
Vitamin C0.1mg0.2%
Vitamin D2µgN/A
Vitamin E2mg9%
Vitamin K4µg5%
Calcium129mg13%
Fiber3g12%
Folate (food)78µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)97µg24%
Folic acid11µgN/A
Iron3mg16%
Magnesium37mg9%
Monounsaturated6gN/A
Niacin (B3)3mg17%
Phosphorus208mg30%
Polyunsaturated3gN/A
Potassium160mg5%
Riboflavin (B2)0.3mg19.9%
Sodium304mg13%
Sugars, added57gN/A
Thiamin (B1)0.3mg19.3%
Trans0.2gN/A
Zinc1mg10%