Recipe — Flor de Escalhão (Escalhão Flower)

The 7 Dessert Wonders of Portugal were recently selected, for which Flor de Escalhão was nominated, representing the municipality of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, in Guarda district. The filhós (deep-fried sugared pastries) with a flower shape, made from a special iron mould, are very traditional and can be accompanied with honey, fruit sweets, ice cream, hot chocolate, etc.

It is said that the flower comes from a tradition of Hispanic cuisine and the Calatrava cross, with four equal arms, and also the flower of Lis at the ends. In the past, they were flowers used in wedding services or in the most important festivals, for example.


  • 12 Eggs
  • 1 Kg Wheat flour
  • 100ml Milk
  • 100g Sugar
  • Cinnamon (stick and powder)
  • Salt (1 teaspoon)


  1. Flor de Escalhão is made from dough of wheat flour with plenty of egg and milk flavoured with cinnamon.
  2. Mix the ingredients.
  3. The flowers are made with an iron mould that gives them their characteristic baroque shape.
  4. The mould is heated in boiling oil and then filled with the dough.
  5. The dough is then fried until it reaches its golden brown colour and the mould is removed.
  6. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
  7. The flowers are then served sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. Other accompaniments such as honey, sweets, fruits, ice cream, chocolate, etc. can be added.


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