Christmas is fast approaching…
…and so I am already craving the traditional sweet delicacies of the holiday season. Born to a family that combines the spirit of Porto with the traditions of Trás-os-Montes, I am lucky enough to have a wide variety of northern sweets on my Christmas table. One of my favorite ones is called Formigos, a traditional sweet made mostly of old bread and dried fruits, but also very easy to make. I am sure you will love its rich cinnamon and Port wine flavors, as well as its delicate texture. In short, it is amazing!
Are you ready?
- 5 liters water
- 6 tablespoons of honey
- 50g of chopped nuts
- 50g chopped almonds
- 50g dried raisins (preferably dark ones)
- 250g of old homemade bread, sliced
- 1 small wineglass of Port wine
- 2 liters milk
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Lemon peel (a piece the size of a thumb)
Formigos de Natal recipe
- In a pan place all of the ingredients, except for the bread, milk, and dried fruit, and bring the ingredients to a boil. After the combination has boiled for 15 minutes add the dried fruit and continue to boil for another 15 minutes.
- When the combination is almost cooked (which means it has been boiling for around 25 minutes in total), place the bread in a large bowl and soak it in enough milk to cover the bread. Allow the bread to soak for 2 minutes.
- Drain the milk from the bowl so that there is barely any milk left in the bowl.
- Add the soaked bread to the mixture in the pan and let it cook at a low temperature for 20 minutes.
- Correct the seasoning per your taste, you may want to add some sugar if you have a sweet tooth. Finally, pour the mixture into small bowls and enjoy.
“Bom apetite” and let us know how it went!
Taste Porto Foodie Team