Queijadas de Sintra, simply irresistible!
Queijadas de Sintra are a cheese and eggs treat from charming Sintra. Believe me when I say that they are small in size but large in taste.
Queijadas de Sintra are small in size, but these little round delicacies are extra-large in taste. Every time I eat one, I wonder how can it is possible that simple ingredients as cow’s cheese, sugar, flour, eggs and cinnamon joined together may present such a trilling and exquisite result. I can only guess that the secret is on the experimented hands that mould the extra thin and crunchy dough and prepare the delicious filling.
The history of Queijadas de Sintra
The history of these queijadas de Sintra goes way back to the Middle Ages, to the year 1227, during Sancho II reign, when, according to some official documents existing at Torre do Tombo, they were used to pay part of the fixed-rent of landed properties in Sintra area.
The birthplace of queijadas de Sintra seems to be Ranholas, a small locality near Sintra. The development of the production has always been linked to the Sapa family, as supposedly they were the first ones to produce them. Years later, Maria Sapa, born in 1756, was responsible for the industrialization of the queijadas production during the XVIII century. On Sundays the queijadas de Sintra were transported on donkeys to Sintra to be sold.
Yet, with the arrival of the railway on April 2nd 1887 the traffic on the Lisbon road diminished, along with the weekend clients who stopped at the factories to enjoy the irresistible treats. Therefore almost every producer of queijadas de Sintra moved their factories to the village centre. The famous Sapa – Fábrica das Verdadeiras Queijadas da Sapa was then born on the grounds it still works nowadays.
However, since the end of the XVIII century Sapa was no longer the only producer of queijadas de Sintra as Piriquita, Gregório and Casa do Preto were already famed as well.
The differences between the queijadas de Sintra of the different producers are minimum and lay only on the balance of the ingredients. Yet, no matter the producer, tasting a queijada de Sintra is an unforgettable gastronomic experience you shouldn’t miss when going for one day in Sintra.