Bolo de mel
|Alternative names||Bolo de cana de mel|
|Place of origin||Portugal|
|Region or state||Madeira|
|Created by||Santa Clara nuns|
|Main ingredients||Flour, sugar, butter or margarine, lard, molasses or honey, walnuts, almonds, spices|
This cake is considered to be Madeira's oldest dessert. First noted in the 15th century using spices from Europe and India. First created by nuns in the Convent of Santa Clara in Funchal.
The bolo de mel cake became a popular confection when the island was an important sugar producer, since the cake itself is traditionally made with molasses instead of the now-popular honey, which meant it could be stored for up to 5 years. When made with molasses, the cake is very dark in color and has a spongy sticky texture resembling a soft cookie. The cake often has walnuts and almonds mixed within it. When it is served in Madeira, it is customary not to cut the cake, but rather to tear pieces off using the hands.
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