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Countries in mainland Europe are just so blooming amazing at making mountains of baked yumminess aren’t they? And Portugal is no exception.

Wandering around Lisbon you’ll find a bakery on practically every corner, with delicious looking cakes, biscuits and pastries bursting out of their window displays and proving very difficult to resist.

High up on my must-try list was the Pastel de Belém, also known as Pastel de Nata, a traditional custard tart that is said to date back to the 18th century when nuns used the egg yolks left over from wine making to make this tasty little treat.

I got my hands on one on our day trip to the lovely little town of Sintra, just outside Lisbon. Here I am…in Sintra…pre-tart….

They tasted as good as they looked – the perfect combination of sweet pastry and thick, creamy yellow custard. Why thank you, you thrifty nuns!

On another note, I’m really excited to be heading to the first ever BrewDog festival this weekend Brew at the Bog near Inverness. Not only will I be sampling some tasty beer but I’ll also be making notes on some of the interesting festival food there, so watch this space for a related blog post. In the meantime, check out a guest blog I did for the rather fabulous Ale to the King, all about BrewDog bar in Edinburgh.

Off to get the thermals out…