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Biscoitos

Biscuits
Biscoitos are made year round and are always available to enjoy with a good cup of coffee or tea…
Growing up my cookie jars were always filled with biscuits and I wouldn’t have wanted it another way.
Once you try these you’ll understand what I mean.
They are so special I hope you enjoy them with your family and when you do make sure to enjoy one for me too!! xox

Biscuits….Biscoitos de Nata
Makes 4 dozen biscuits

Ingredients:
8 cups of flour
2 cups of heavy cream
2 cups of sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 1/2 cup of butter *have at room temperature
1 tablespoon of lard/shortening *have at room temperature
1 teaspoon of salt
Zest of 1 lemon
Preheat oven at 350, and lightly grease baking trays

-In an extra large bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well and leave aside.

– In a separate large bowl, using a hand mixer, cream together the 3 sticks of butter and lard/shortening. Mix in the sugar and eggs and beat together at a high speed until creamy. Then add the heavy cream and beat for another 2 minutes. Once everything is well incorporated, mix in the lemon zest and leave aside.

-Next you will make a well in the bottom of the bowl of flour by pushing the flour to the sides of the bowl. Then, you’re going to slowly pour the creamy mixture in to the well. Using a mixing spoon, start blending them together until the dough gets too hard and then you will need to knead the rest by hand. Take the dough out of the bowl and place on to a floured surface and continue to knead until you can form the dough into a large ball. Now you can start and take pieces of dough and roll out into a small size ball or into shapes such as a wreath…It’s up to you…no right or wrong.
place in oven for 15-20 min +/- depending on your oven or until there a golden color.

  • Andy

    My vavao always said, “I’ll only make a few dozen this year”. Every year, we would end up with (literally) hundreds of biscoitos. There would be pans and buckets all over the kitchen and several other rooms. She would say, “I don’t know what happened. I only wanted some for us”. God bless her. She left us in 1985. When we get together (very rarely at best), we still laugh about the “revenge of the biscoitos”! The good news was we always had something to eat for breakfast with coffee or tea and evening snacks. Also known as “sopas cafe'” for the little ones. What great memories they are. I’m crying typing this. So much gratitude for my Azorean Portuguese Heritage. And, I get to share it with my Mexican and Korean-Hawaiian family. Muito obrigado, Maria Lawton. Andy