Velhote

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Velhote
Region or state Valadares, Vila Nova de Gaia
Created by Maria Francisca da Silva
Main ingredients Flour, eggs, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon
Cookbook: Velhote  Media: Velhote

Velhote is a typical dessert of the parish of Valadares, Vila Nova de Gaia. Velhotes were baked for the first time in the 1880s by Maria Francisca da Silva - "A Braguesa" (a lady, who came from Braga) and soon became popular. Only a few of velhotes' history is known, but the legend says that when king Carlos I and Queen Amélie of Orleans came to Porto, they ate velhotes.

Velhotes are a kind of sweet bread with sugar and cinnamon and are typically served on Saturdays and by the time of Sr. dos Aflitos, Valadares' most important religious feast.

The original recipe[edit]

The original recipe included flour, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, lemon juice, yeast and saffron, but the way of baking this sweet bread has changed a lot since the 19th century.

Confraria dos Velhotes[edit]

There is a "confraria gastronómica" (gastronomic brotherhood) in Valadares (Confraria Gastronómica do Velhote) which intends to dignify and spread the existence of "Velhote" as a typical sweet.

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