A little on the history of Pastel de Belém
In 1837, Belém (district of Lisbon), the monks of the
Monastery of Jeronimos try to survive the order. then start selling
cream puffs in order to make money, in a small pastry shop adjoining
At that time, Lisbon and Belém were two separate cities
connected by steamships. The presence of the Monastery and the
Belém Tower attract many tourists who were amazed by the
beauty and good taste that they had: the Pasteis de Belém.
Its recipe was soon well guarded. Confectioners chiefs are the
only ones who know the secret, and should pay silent oath to protect
this famous gastronomic recipe. Even today, these confectioners
chiefs always produce handcrafted these delicious pastries.
However, nowadays any coffee or pastry in Portugal offers cream
puffs, but the origin comes from Belém, so that founder
house kept the name "Pastel de Belém".