Typical Portuguese Pastry Recipe: The Queijadinha

Food is one of our strongest markers of memories. Whether it is a Christmas Ham, a Thanksgiving Turkey or your mom’s signature mac ‘n cheese, all of these foods can transport us to another place and time. And while we know you would have loved to stuff your suitcase full of the delicious things you tasted in Porto, we all know it just isn’t possible. Not to worry though! We have the ideal solution – a recipe for Portuguese Queijadinha – to evoke the memories of your time with Taste Porto Food Tours.

The Queijadinha recipe

We give you grandma’s recipe for the delicious homemade queijadinha pastry. Please notice that the queijadinha, which when translated means “little cheese”, is a cheese-less pastry that will please the whole family and won’t leave you stuck in the kitchen all day. We promise this lovely pastry will transport you back to the quietness of the Bolhão Market surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the market. You can thank us later, enjoy!

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  • 2 eggs
  • 300 grams/1.5 cups of sugar
  • 150 grams/1.25 cups of self-raising flour
  • 45 grams/3 tbs of unsalted butter
  • 500 milliliters/ 2 cups & 2tbs of milk
  • the juice and pulp of 2 medium-sized
  • oranges or about 150 milliliters/0.66 cups of orange juice


  • Cupcake pan
  • Kitchen mixer/CuisineArt/Kitchen Aid/Thermomix

How to make Queijadinha?

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 180º C/350ºF. Line your cupcake pan with butter and flour or use cupcake liners if you have them.
  • 2. Place all the ingredients in your mixer and beat until smooth.
  • 3. Fill each cupcake holder 3/4 of the way.
  • 4. Bake in the oven for 40 to 45 minutes and pierce with a toothpick to ensure doneness.
  • 5. Remove from oven and allow to cool before removing them from the pan.
  • 6. Eat while warm on their own or topped with cinnamon or powdered sugar, if you wish. Or pop them in Tupperware and enjoy them right out of the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Taste Porto Foodie Team

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