Queijadas Da Vila, or Portuguese Cheesecake Tarts, are popular in the Azores Islands. A unique yet simple technique is used to form the crust. Try out this traditional recipe and share with your family and friends!
Queijadas Da Vila | Portuguese Cheesecake Tarts
- 2 cups flour
- ¼ cup butter
- 4 egg yolks
- 1¼ cup sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- 4 tbsp butter softened
- 2 cups ricotta
- powdered sugar for dusting the tops
Making the Crust
- To create the crust, first butter your tart tins, or muffin pan, liberally. Then, scoop a spoonful of flour into each tin. Tap the flour around so the whole tin is coated in flour. Once it is coated dump the excess flour back into a bowl. Next, spray each tin with water to make the flour sticky. Then, again coat each tin with a second layer of flour.
- Next, spray each tin with water to make the flour sticky. Then, again coat each tin with flour. Repeat this process three more times.
- Combine sugar and egg yolks in a bowl. Whisk until well combined. Then add the cinnamon, salt, and softened butter. Mix until well combined. Finally, mix in the ricotta cheese.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Fill each tin with the batter all the way to the top.
- Place the queijadas in the oven and lower the temperature to 300°F. Cook until they reach an internal temperature of 175°F, or about 20-30 minutes until golden and set.
- Let cool for 15 minutes, then tap the tins to carefully remove each tart from the tins. Dust the tops with powdered sugar and serve.