Although the San Sebastián Cheesecake has not yet entered the cards as much as the San Sebastián Cheesecake, one of the desserts that we have transferred from abroad to our country is the Belém cake, specifically the cream . The filling of the dessert is based on abundant egg and cream. The dough on the outside has a crispy puff pastry texture and taste. After cooking, it is served with cinnamon and powdered sugar.
Moda da Nata in Kadıköy is a business focused entirely on these desserts. Except for cream, there is only coffee on the menu. The owner of the shop, Andreia Cardoso, is Portuguese. He came to Istanbul to do his master’s degree and decided to settle here. When he couldn’t find a good place to make his favorite Belém cake, he wanted to make it himself and sell it. He used to only sell his house in the surrounding area, but then he expanded the business and opened this place last year. Meanwhile, he got the support of his chef friends in Portugal to develop the recipe. The menu includes classic varieties, filled with Nutella, pistachio, coconut, blueberries and vegan. “They compare it to the Laz patisserie in Turkey. So even if it’s not a dessert they’re used to, it’s a taste they’re used to,” says Cardoso. He also explains that there are many people who compare it to the katmer, the kind with pistachio paste in the creamy filling and dusted with powdered peanuts. All the creams are 14 lira. You can also buy a set of 4 (55 lira), 6 (80 lira) and 10 (125 lira).
Partly by accident, partly by chance.
There’s a reason this dessert is called Belém cake. When the Jerónimos Monastery (Mosterio dos Jerónimos) in the Belém region of Lisbon was closed during the liberal revolution of 1820, all the religious officials there had to continue their lives in a different way. Because of the sugar cane refinery next to the monastery, the way of the cake, which they bake a lot, has thus evolved in another direction. It can be said that it has become a source of income, partly by necessity, partly by chance. The Pastéis de Belém Patisserie’s past, identified with desserts, is based on this history. Whenever you go, you find a queue at the door. However, this doubles the flavor because you can taste the warm taste just as it came out of the oven. The cakes of this patisserie in Portugal are very special, but those who are curious can also visit Moda to experience the closest example to the original…