The traveller's table: Essential dessert for celebratory events

The traveller's table: Essential dessert for celebratory events

ALENTEJO, Portugal - A cinnamon-spiced dessert called serica is a traditional sweet of the Alentejo region in south-central Portugal.

After baking the dough made of flour, eggs and milk, it is usually served with prune syrup.

Crisp outside but thick inside, it is like a rich baked pudding.

It is said that this dessert was originally baked in cloisters using cinnamon brought from Asia.

It has since gradually spread to general households and become essential for celebratory occasions such as birthday parties and Christmas gatherings.

Every day Nicho dos Cucos, a restaurant where local residents frequent, bakes serica that are 50 centimeters in diameter.

"This is a standard dessert to follow meat dishes. It goes well with red wine, too," said a staff member at the restaurant.

The restaurant serves a slice of serica for €3 (about S$6.2 ) and a slice accompanied by candied prunes for €3.30.

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