Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Mexidos: a traditional Portuguese Christmas dessert

From Natal 2010

On the last 24th December, I received an email from my friend Carla who lives in the North of Portugal, in Oporto.
She was telling me how she would spend the Christmas Eve and what kind of sweet desserts she was preparing with her family.
In the mail, she referred Mexidos, explaining that it's a mix of nuts,hazelnuts and almonds, a typical dessert from the city of Braga [capital of Minho province, located in the North of Portugal] where her maternal family comes from.
"Oh, Dear!" I thought, "I think I will like it very much!!". So, I asked Carla if she could send me the recipe.
I must say I wasn't expecting a reply on that day because the 24th is a very busy day in the Portuguese family's kitchens with all the preparations for the Christmas Eve's meal.
However, Carla sent it on that day. I liked the way she began the mail: "My sister is cooking the "Mexidos" and I'm sitting at the kitchen table writing the recipe for you :-)". Very sweet of her!
We didn't have the time to prepare it for the Christmas Eve because we were busy already with the cooking of the "Bacalhau a Lagareiro", the main course of that day, as well as other Portuguese desserts. Our friends from Romania would be here soon to spend the Christmas Eve with us.
On the 25th, we went to their home and during all day, we only tasted delicious Romanian food.
So, we ate the Mexidos on the 26th, a more quiet day and the second Christmas day in the Netherlands [Boxing Day]. :-)
We went to the supermarket to buy what was missing for the recipe and after a while, we were eating Mexidos and watching, relaxing on the sofa, A Christmas Carol of Charles Dickens. ;-)
What a Gezellig [acolhedora/cosy] afternoon, don't you think? :-)
After feeding the ducks in the lakes on our way to the supermarket, it was the most cosy moment of this Christmas afternoon :-)

I hope you enjoy this recipe! It's just delicious! Thanks again, Carla!


Pour in a pan 2 liters of water and add a cinnamon stick, a lemon peel, 6 spoons of honey, 2 shots of port and sugar to taste.
Heat it to a boil. Meanwhile, cut a rustic bread (white thick bread) in very thin slices and add them to the mix.
Stir until the bread completely disintegrate into dough (it might be good to initially add just enough bread to soak all the liquid, and only add more bread if you see the mix is not thick enough).
Add nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pine nuts and raisins to the mix (how much is up to you), and stir for 2 minutes.
Take it from the heat, pour it into dishes and sprinkle it generously with cinnamon powder.
Eat it hot (I think it's better :))


Levar ao fogão 2 litros de água, um pau de canela, uma casca de limão, 6 colheres sopa de mel, açucar a gosto, 2 cálices de Vinho do Porto. Deixar ferver.
Cortar muito fininho o pão rustico.
Deita-se na mistura e mexe-se até se desfazer por completo.
Deitam-se frutos secos (avelãs, nozes, amêndoas, uvas passas , pinhões) e mexe-se durante 2 minutos .
Retira-se do fogão, deita-se em pratos e polvilha-se com canela.

Bom Proveito!/ Eet smakelijk!/ Enjoy your meal!


Margarida Elias said...

É bom? Nunca comi...

Presépio no Canal said...

@Margarida: Delicioso :-) eu gosto muito de frutos secos :-)

Aledys Ver said...

It sounds like a typical Brazilian dessert of which I don't remember the name - maybe Anita will help me? Maybe it is also called Mexidos?

Presépio no Canal said...

@Aledys: It is possible,yes, that some Brazilian dessert is similar with this one. Many Portuguese from MInho went to Brazil some decades and centuries ago :-)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

THIS sounds and looks absolutely ENCHANTING AND TASTY! Thank you Sandra, for all the love and care and beauty you have bestowed on us all this year! BISES, Anita

Sami said...

Vi uma receita de Natal e vim espreitar. Nao conhecia, nem nunca tinha ouvido falar, copiei, quem sabe ainda a vou incluir na Ceia de Natal este ano!

Presépio no Canal said...

A-vontade, Sami! ;-) Eu fiquei a gostar muito de mexidos e vamos fazer este ano. :-)