009. Bolas de Berlim / Portuguese Berliners
A bola de Berlim is a Portuguese pastry similar to the German berliner but instead of being filled with a cream made of red fruits, it is filled with creme de pasteleiro, a typical cream made with eggs, lemon, vanilla and butter. The pastry is sprinkled with white granulated sugar.
A few years ago, it was common to see people selling bolas de Berlim in Portuguese beaches throughout the country, especially in the South and Center of Portugal. Although such activity has been banned, people still buy bolas de Berlim at any coffee shop and take them to the beach. Mind you, eating a bola de Berlim white at the beach is considered a ritual!