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Grandmas Portuguese Bolo Fiado

Updated on March 25, 2013

Pastry and filling


  • 375g Flour
  • 60g butter
  • 1 teaspoon soft sugar
  • 4 yolks of eggs
  • 2 tablespoons toddy
  • 1/2 teacup coconut milk
  • A pinch of salt


  • 150 cashew nuts
  • 500g sugar
  • 1 teacup water
  • 1/2 wineglass rose-water

Prepare the filling

  1. Skin the cashew nuts and chop them very finely.
  2. Put the sugar and water into a preserving pan and stir over the fire until it forms a fairly thick syrup.
  3. Then add the cashew nuts and the rose-water.
  4. Lessen the fire, and continue stirring until the mixture thickens; but it must not harden.

Prepare the pastry

  1. Sieve the flour into a basin and mix in the sugar and salt.
  2. Add one- third of the butter and rub together with the tips of the fingers and thumbs until as fine as bread-crumbs.
  3. Make a well in the in the center, add the eggs well beaten and milk to make a softish dough.
  4. Turn on to a floured board and knead lightly until free from cracks.
  5. Then flour the board and roll the paste out into a long narrow strip.
  6. Divide the remainder of the butter into four equal portions, put one portion on the past in small pieces, flour the surface lightly and fold it in three.
  7. Roll out the paste again and proceed as before until the remaining portion of butter have been used.
  8. Roll out rather thinly and cut out four rounds, three to the size of a dessert plate and the fourth round an inch bigger.
  9. Flour a dessert plate and line it with a big round of paste allowing the edges to over lap.
  10. Divide the cashew nuts mixture into three potions and spread one portion evenly on the paste lining the plate,cover with a round of paste, then a layer of cashew nuts and the last round of paste.
  11. Wet round of paste overlapping the plate. Then flute round the edges neatly with a knife.
  12. Brush it over with beaten egg and bake in a good oven for about one hour or until nicely browned.

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      Liz 5 years ago

      I have eaten this a long time ago. My mom adds crushed pineapple to the cadjunut mixture and then layers it between the pastry ... it taste so good

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      Mariea Jane 5 years ago from SRI LANKA, COLOMBO

      Thank you for your comment instantlyfamily I really apreciate it. I wish you good Luck.

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      instantlyfamily 5 years ago

      I have had this & it is fantastic. My husbands family is portuguese. Thanks you so much for sharing this. I plan to make it and surprise my husband. Wish me luck!