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April 19, 2012

Easter Treats

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 I've always enjoyed Easter since I was a little girl! Usually it happens in April, which is also the month of my birthday and that means lots of edifying family gatherings [in other words chaos], bustle in the kitchen, lots of sweets and some gifts - from godparents, on Easter and from the rest of the crowd, on my birthday.I clearly remember that I was always beside myself with joy and excitement until that day came - yes, because often Easter and my birthday happened simultaneoulsy or were very close. This year I decided that I wouldn´t buy anything. I decided to get on with baking sweets for my home and for my parents', because they cannot do it any longer. It was a fun, cheerful, but also laborious and not always successful task [yes, I confess that it resulted in a total burnt up frying pan!]. As the recipes of the cakes are in the blog [here, here and here] with a few differences, I'll leave you with the suggestion of a typical Portuguese recipe for almonds that i did for the first time and that, although much appreciated, were as easy as eating soup with a fork! ;)


Ingredients:
  • 750 gr of toasted almonds
  • sugar
  • water
  • vanilla flavour
  • powder chocolate
  • a soup spoon of cinammon

 To bake this you'll need a nonstick frying pan where you'll place both the sugar and the water [a 250 ml cup of each]to boil for about 4 minutes. I bought already toasted almonds because it's easier. After the water and sugar boils you add about three soup spoons of powder chocolate, a spoon of cinammon and some drops of vanilla flavour and blend well till it gets a bit thick [not much]. Then add the almonds [a cup for each portion] and over a low fire you keep on stirring until all gets granulated and adheres to the almonds. When you reach that point you put it on a pice of drafting paper and try to separate the almonds with a fork. Then just let them cool down and bon apétit!!!


Sempre gostei muito da Páscoa desde pequena! Normalmente calha em Abril, que é também o mês do meu aniversário e isso representa muitas reuniões de salutar convívio familiar [leia-se confusão], azáfama na cozinha, muitos doces e algumas prendas - por parte dos padrinhos, na Páscoa e dos restantes, no aniversário. Lembro-me perfeitamente de como não cabia em mim de contente e de agitação até esse dia chegar - sim, porque algumas vezes essas duas datas aconteciam em simultâneo ou mesmo muito próximas uma da outra. Este ano decidi não comprar nada, como costumava fazer. Meti mãos à obra e fiz os doces para minha casa  e para casa dos meus pais, que já não podem fazê-lo. Foi uma aventura divertida,  prazenteira, mas também árdua e nem sempre bem sucedida [sim, confesso que houve uma sertã carbonizada!!!]. Como as receitas dos bolos estão no blog [aqui, aqui e aqui] com algumas pequenas nuances diferentes, deixo-vos aqui a sugestão de amêndoas de torrão que fiz pela primeira vez e que, embora muito apreciadas, me deram água pela barba [salvo seja ;)]!

Ingredientes:
  • 750 gr de amêndoas torradas
  • açúcar
  • água
  • aroma de baunilha
  • chocolate em pó
  • uma colher de sopa de canela

Para cozinhar estas amêndoas precisas de uma frigideira anti-aderente onde colocas o açúcar e a água [uma caneca de 250 ml de cada ] e deixas ferver cerca de 4 minutos.Eu já comprei amêndoas torradas porque é mais fácil. Depois de ferver a água com o açúcar, juntas cerca de 4 colheres de chocolate em pó , uma colher se sopa de canela e algumas gotas de aroma de baunilha e mistura-se bem até engrossar um bocadinho [mas não em demasia]. De seguida acrescenta-se as amêndoas [um copo para cada porção] e, em lume brando vai-se mexendo bem tudo até que a mistura fique granulada e se agarre às amêndoas. Quando chegamos a este ponto,
coloca-se sobre papel vegetal e separam-se as amêndoas com um  garfo. Depois é só deixar arrefecer e bon apétit!





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My parents' Easter cake of orange!

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39 comments:

  1. Outra sugestão maravilhosa e que deixa qualquer um com água na boca :)*

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  2. OMG Aida!!! That looks gorgeous and delicious!!!! :)) bjs
    Emmaxx

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  3. Those look so good! And I love the egg candles! :D

    xo,
    janmloves.blogspot.com

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  4. The most adorable Easter treats I've ever seen!!! xx

    http://iloveublank.blogspot.com/

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  5. wow they look so yummy! you're making me hungry!

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  6. What an amazing table of sweets! Looks completely delectable!!! Yumm! All your sweets... amazing!

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  7. Que delícia!!! Aida, que maravilha! bem, a tua páscoa só pode ser deliciosa com essas iguarias:) beijinhos hmmmm

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  8. Wow these look amazing! My parents are Portuguese and I can tell you I've never seen anything like this on our Easter tables LOL! Jealous!

    Have an amazing day!
    Sonia
    xoxo
    http://daringcoco.blogspot.com.au/

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  9. how delightful :)


    http://fashion-gourmet.blogspot.com/

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  10. I wish I had the talent and skill to make such beautiful sweets

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  11. Im so hungry now! Looks so goood.

    - Alice

    http://stylist-diaries.blogspot.com/

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  12. looks like u had a great Easter celebration...the food looks yum!!
    btw be sure to check out my NEW POST
    xoxo

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  13. Everything looks so delicious. It's a beautiful table.
    I'm very hungry now.
    Nice post.
    xx

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  14. tanta tentação! que linda que ficou a mesa!

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  15. So beautiful ;)))

    www.lostinudnerwear.blogspot.com

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  16. The same considerations are to be done for my birthday: it's on February and very often during the last days of Carnival.
    My childhood was full of your joyful chaos, cakes, children everywhere, ladies all about...
    For Easter I prepare the Napolitan Pastiera, but where I live the traditional cakes like yours are a must. My husband prepares the traditional fish of "pasta di mandorla" similar to yours masterpieces: it's a hard work but with gougers and marvelous results!

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  17. Ai que bom aspeto!É só desgraças!:)

    http://closet2me.blogspot.pt/

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  18. Fico a salivar só de ver estas imagens. Deviam estar maravilhosos! *** Kisses&Hugs

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  19. Que maravilha, nem sei por onde começaria a provar!

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  20. Aida, you did it again, you had me drooling all over my lap-top. Amazing, beautiful and you can just see how good they are just looking at the pictures. Lucky, lucky family of yours!

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  21. Queria um bocadinho de tudo agora :P *

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  22. They all are so beautiful and yummy!!^^ congrats my dear!! Kisses!:)

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  23. OMG! The quotation on the title of your blog is so beautiful! I m straight away looking for more poems by w.b. yeats.

    Kisses. :)

    Prittii Blog

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  24. Oh Aida, levas-me á loucura, mulher. Já fiquei cheia de fome e a salivar feita louca!!!

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  25. Deliciaaa*

    http://at-home-ideas.blogspot.pt/

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  26. Querida Aida, adorei esse bolo de laranja! Ficou tão lindo, e a decoração é muito vistosa! Confesso que gosto muito de bolo cítricos - de laranja ou limão...Mmm, adoro esse cheiro...E vejo que o seu bolo é muito fofo e macio! Delícia!

    Beijinhos***

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  27. Hi Aida! SO lovely this post! I love the glass!!! I nomined you on Blogger Appreciation Award - check my blog. Have a nice day and see you soon. XOxo V.V.

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  28. those sweets look so yummy! and they're appealing to the eyes too!

    Babi

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  29. Que bom aspecto* Fiquei com água na boca*


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  30. thank god I'm having dinner while reading this post!
    it all looks so yummy!

    T x

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  31. que rico!!!! que buena pinta tiene todo!!!
    besos

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  32. UUUUUMM! ¡que rico todo! días de pasteles y familia ¡que lindos!
    Besitos

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  33. Wow these look gorgeous! Hope you had a great Easter
    Thank you for stopping by my blog sweetie, following yours now!
    xxx

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  34. YUUM!! Thanks for the recipes!! And how cute are those candles?!!

    x Aliya
    www.hillsidestory.net

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