Hello kitchen lovers,
Today it’s Christmas eve!! Can you believe it?? I guess we all know what this means… It’s time to start to make some delicious Christmas sweets!! Today I’m going to give you a traditional Portuguese Christmas sweet recipe called “azevias”. This recipe is from one of my favourite cooking books “ cozinha vegetariana para festejar” by Gabriela Oliveira and I totally love it because , it’s vegan and instead of fried, the cakes are made in the oven. Way healthier and in my opinion even more delicious than the traditional ones. For you to understand better, these are like tiny cakes filled with chickpea and almond topped with sugar and cinnamon. Trust me it’s delicious!!
Here is the recipe:
- 1 tea cup of chickpea;
- ¼ tea cup of vegetable milk or water;
- ½ tea cup of coconut or brown sugar;
- ½ tea cup of laminated almond;
- 1 tea spoon of cinnamon
- ½ lemon or orange zest
- 1 tea cup of wheat or spelt flour
- ½ tea cup of whole-wheat ;
- 2 soup spoons of brown or coconut sugar
- ½ coffee spoon of salt;
- 1 coffee spoon of cinnamon;
- ½ orange zest;
- ¼ tea cup of olive oil;
- ¼ tea cup of water;
- Brown sugar and cinnamon on the top
- Start with the filling by mashing the chickpea with milk and sugar until you get a purée. Then add the almond, the cinnamon and the lemon zest and mix it all;
2. Now, make the pastry. In a bowl, mix the flours, sugar, salt, cinnamon and the orange zest. Add water, mix it all and shape a big ball of pastry;
3. Put the pastry in some baking paper, cover it with cling film and stretch the dough to a slim layer. Cut circles of pastry and fill them with the chickpea and almond filling. Fold and close well (make sure the ends are well closed);
4. In a baking dish with some baking paper, insert the cakes and put it in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 15-20 mins. In the end, top the warm cakes with some sugar and cinnamon and it’s ready to the Christmas table!
Hope that you liked this recipe and that this traditional cake contributes to an amazing and magical Christmas.
Merry Christmas everyone,