When Isabel (FamilyFoodie) announced that this week’s #SundaySupper was Portuguese food, I figured I’d just sit this one out – I don’t know anything about Portuguese Cooking. Except I missed last weeks too, and I didn’t want to miss out. The solution was to go hunting out a simple Portuguese recipe I could make and that would be easy enough that mini-chef could help. You see, she cooks almost everything with me, so it had to be simple enough for her to follow and make. She’s 14, I’m blessed, that opens up a lot of recipes.
Her task I gave her… Google Portuguese recipes until you find something that will work. She sat there for about an hour looking at different recipes, I’d hear her shuffling around in the kitchen occasionally. When she finally chose Lavadores, I asked her why those. Her answer was simple and assuredly very sweet – “Mom, they are lemon, and I love lemon and besides, you have all the ingredients already and we don’t have to go to the store to buy anything.” I love this child. She amazes me when she thinks about things like that.
So we set out to make our Lavadores and they were absolutely delicious – the right amout of tart lemon from the zest, a thicker cookie that is absolutely heavenly with a cup of tea in the evening or a cup of coffee in the morning. Don’t judge me, sometimes I eat cookies for breakfast… so what?
- ½ c. butter , room temp
- 1 c. sugar
- 4 eggs
- zest of a 1 lemon
- 4 c. flour
- 1 Tbs. baking powder
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- ¼ c. sugar for rolling the cookies in before baking
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Using your mixer, cream the butter and 1 cup of sugar for about a minute or so, or until creamy and light. Crack the eggs in one at a time, beating well in between each one. You're done when your batter is light and fluffy and is sort of a pale yellow. Took me about 2½ minutes. Mix in the lemon zest.
- In a separate bowl, wisk together the flour, salt and the baking powder.
- Using a big spoon, fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture and mix well.
- Knead the dough in the bowl for about 5 minutes.
- I did use my Kitchen Aid for this using the dough attachment on the lowest setting.
- Using a pan, sprinkle the ¼ cup of sugar on the pan.
- Shape the dough into balls that are about one and a half inches.
- Roll each bowl in the sugar until completely coated and place on a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet about an inch to two inches apart.
- Use a fork to gently flatten the balls with the fork tines creating lines in the dough.
- This is where the washboard name comes from.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a lightly golden color.
- You can wait for them to cool, but they are amazing warm. Serve with a glass of milk, cup of tea or steaming mug of coffee. Delish!
The original recipe was found on www.portuguesecooking.com