Toucinho Do Ceu (Heavenly Fat)

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Recipe by Caroline Cooks

Fancifully named toucinho do céu (bacon from heaven), one of Portugal's rich egg-yolk custards. Name derives from earlier times when lard *bacon* was used in making this dish. Posted for ZWT3.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 ounces sugar
  • 4 ounces water
  • 8 ounces finely ground almonds
  • 3 egg yolks
  • cinnamon, to taste (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325F.; lightly grease 9” pie dish.
  2. Place sugar and water in a saucepan, bring slowly to boil; boil rapidly for 5-10 minutes until syrup sticks to a spoon. Remove from heat, allow cool slightly; add almonds and egg yolks and mix well.
  3. Return to a low heat and cook, stirring until slightly thickened.
  4. Add cinnamon, if using.
  5. Transfer to prepared pie dish and bake for 45 minutes or until firm.
  6. Allow to cool before serving.

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