The original recipe of Portalegre Egg Sweets appeared in the Convents of Alto Alentejo, possibly in the convent of São Bernardo or Santa Clara of Portalegre, no one knows for sure, hence Santa Clara is one of those convents rich in sweets. Portalegre is a region of many convents, so many as its nickname "the city of the seven convents".
Egg sweets are ideal to satiate a sweet desire because they are only a little bit sweet, that you can have after lunch or dinner or to enhance a dessert or even a splendid treat to match a coffee for family and friends.
Tip: Peel an orange and cut into thin slices. Arrange the slices on a platter, drizzle with a very fine olive oil and place on them an egg sweet. Sprinkle with cinnamon
Convent Egg Sweet Movie: http://www.deliportugal.com/en/info/portugal-de-sabores
Traditionally, eggs play a big role in Portuguese sweets. They can be found in a great part of convent pastry.
Back in the 18th century convents were not just used for holy purposes but also as accommodation for travelling royalty and hosting important royal celebrations. This social aspect of the party friendly convents helped to cement the nuns culinary skill and to establish the sweets produced as a status symbol, a luxury.
The magnificent convent of St Bernard or Mosteiro de São Bernardo in Portalegre is home of the annual Doçaria Conventual e Traditional which literally means Traditional Convent Sweets.
To keep the tradition of from Santa Clara and São Bernardo convent sweets alive the Municipality of Portalegre and Tourism Region of S.Mamede conducted a training session where one of the sisters who still knew the recipes of the convents taught his secrets to fourteen trainees intending to keep the tradition.