The sweet alchemy of Tecolameco


At the end of a wonderful meal at Flor de Rosa, a great historical hotel in Crato, Alentejo, the maître d’ brought us two slices of a dessert called Tecolameco. In our quest to eat fewer sweets, we decided to have only a small bite to be polite. But once we tasted this marvelous dessert, our will power vanished.

Tecolameco is made of sugar, eggs, almond, pork lard, butter, and cinnamon. There are many other Portuguese desserts made with these ingredients, but none tastes like Tecolameco.

It is said that an old chef found in the Crato castle an ancient book that revealed the meaning of life. All the pages were blank, except for the one with the recipe for Tecolameco.

Click here for the Pousadas’ website and here for more photos of Flor da Rosa.

15 thoughts on “The sweet alchemy of Tecolameco

  1. That is something I never ate in Portugal. I must remedy that at some time. I notice that there is no flour…that is good news for me since I am gluten sensitive.

  2. Boa Noite, I have just moved to Portugal with my family, I love everything about your blog, the stories, the pictures and when you talk about food I always want to eat it! Keep writing! Catherine x

    1. Hi Catherine, thank you so much for reading our blog! We’re always searching for the very best of Portugal to bring it to our readers. We hope you’ll enjoy living in our country

  3. I can’t wait to visit Lisbon, in the beginning of August.
    The people, the food, the weather, etc. etc.
    But to my surprise, if I look at the picture, even PACMAN has it’s origin in Portugal!

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