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These pastries were named after the Santa Clara convent in Coimbra, Portugal, where they were invented and prepared by nuns.
Portuguese Pastéis de Santa Clara Recipe
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Portuguese Pastéis de Santa Clara Recipe

Portuguese Pastéis de Santa Clara Recipe

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1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, chilled1 and 3/4 cups of flour2 tablespoons of ice water1 egg, slightly beatenFilling:1/2 cup of sugar1 tablespoon of water1/2 cup of ground almonds4 egg yolks
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    1. Add butter and water into the flour, then knead until you get a smooth dough.
    2. Place in a bowl and cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate.
    3. Add the sugar and water to a saucepan, then bring to a boil without stirring, until syrupy.
    4. Then, add the almonds and the yolks you've previously whisked and stir until you get a thick paste.
    5. Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and roll it out very thin, about 1/8-inch in thickness.
    6. Cut out circles in the dough with a 3-inch cutter.
    7. Place a teaspoon of the almond filling in the center of each circle, then fold, and seal with water.
    8. Brush the pastries with an egg wash, then bake at 200°C or 400°F for 20 minutes or until golden.
    9. Take out of the oven and while still hot and roll in powdered sugar.
    Recipe & Photo Credit: tasteatlas.com

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