Portuguese Sides/ Snacks/ Soups, Veganised traditional Portuguese dishes

‘sheese’ and’vham’ pastries

These pastries took me right back to my high school years. We would have one of this for lunch on those cheeky days when we didn’t feel like going to the canteen and have yesterday’s rice with no-flavour something else (sorry, I know, some canteens are not that bad!). In Portuguese is called ‘lanche misto’ or ‘merenda mista’ and can be found in any pastry or bread shop – is a popular snack! It was super easy to ‘veganise’ and is super tasty too!

Time: 1h 40 minutes

Type: snack

Difficulty: 1.5 pans

Serves: 12 pastries

What you need:

400g all purpose flour

50g brown sugar

50g soft vegetable spread

7g dry yeast

150ml plant milk

1 tbsp vegetable oil

vegan ham slices

vegan cheese slices

a little milk and olive oil to brush

Utensils:

1 big bowl and 1 small bowl

measuring cup

rolling pin

knife

parchment paper

baking tray

baking brush

Directions:

Mix plant milk (room temperature), softened vegetable spread, vegetable oil, sugar and dry yeast in a small bowl and mix well;

In a large bowl, put the flour and add in the previous mixture; combine all well with your hands until the dough is all uniformly integrated and doesn’t stick to your fingers or the to the bowl;

Cover bowl with a fabric cloth and let the dough rise in a warm and dark place (about 1h);

Then, flour a working surface and start rolling and stretching the dough into a rectangle (about 0.5cm thick);

Note: if your surface is not very long like mine, you’ll need to do this in two batches.

In the bottom half of the rectangle, place the vegan ham and cheese slices (see picture below) and fold the dough so the upper half cover the bottom;

Cut into individual portions, about 7cm wide;

In a large baking tray, place the pastries on top of the parchment paper, brush with a little plant milk and olive oil and bake at 200 degrees Celsius for about 20 to 25 minutes until golden on top; brush again with plant milk and olive oil once baked;

They’re lovely hot or cold!

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