Portuguese Sweets

Orange mini cheesecakes

Orange ‘Queijadas’ are very popular in Portugal. They are mini tartlets, typically made with milk and eggs. I had a go at veganising them, and the result is absolutely delicious! These tartlets are supposed to have a very moist sponge, just a little more consistent than a cheesecake. Super easy to make too, not too naughty (less than 10g of sugar per tartlet!), oil and gluten-free! Definitely worth a try!

Time: 40 minutes

Type: sweets

Difficulty: 1.5 pans

Makes: about 12 tartlets

What you need:

juice from 2 oranges

zest from 1 orange

110g brown or golden caster sugar

100g rice flour

25g cornflour

300ml unsweetened soya milk

1 flax ‘egg’ (1 tbsp ground flaxseeds and 3 tbsp water)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon plus more to dust

a little maple syrup to brush


1 pan


1 bowl

measuring cup and spoons

1 muffin tray with 12 cases

12 fairy cake cases

baking brush


Prepare flax ‘egg’;

Zest 1 orange;

Juice 2 oranges and place juice and zest in a pan;

Add sugar and cinnamon, mix well and bring it slowly to a boil- reserve;

In a bowl, mix cornflour with a little of the milk until it’s well combined; add rice flour, flax ‘egg’ and the rest of the plant milk – mix well;

Add the previous mixture to the pan, mix and bring it to a low heat;

Keep mixing from time to time- remove from heat once it starts to thicken;

Place the fairy cake cases in the muffin tray and add batter to each one of them;

Note: you can choose not to use the fairy cases and put it directly in the muffin tray; in that case, lightly oil each muffin case before pouring the batter;

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180-200C for about 20 minutes;

Once baked and cooled, brush a little maple syrup on top and sprinkle with more cinnamon (optional);

You can keep the tartlets for a few days in a closed container.


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