Barriga De Freira (Nuns' Bellies)

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READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Mia in Germany

This is a totally not diet friendly Portuguese dessert! The bread has to be fresh, no dry bread crumbs.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 8 ounces sugar
  • 34 cup water
  • 1 ounce butter, cubed
  • 8 ounces white bread, crumbled
  • 8 egg yolks, beaten
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted


  1. Lightly toast slivered almonds.
  2. Combine water and sugar and heat, until sugar has dissolved, then cook until you get a thick syrup.
  3. Remove from stove top, add butter.
  4. As soon as butter is molten, add crumbled bread, mix.
  5. Put back onto stove top, add egg yolks and cook slowly until the pudding thickens - don't boil!
  6. Fill into a bowl, garnish with slivered almonds and cinnamon.

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