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PASTEL / BASKET PASTRIES

Be it sweet or savory, pastry dough, or pastel ready-made this is an extremely appreciated delight among Brazilians. Always present in everyday life, the history of Brazilian pastel is quite curious, both in relation to its appearance, as well as its diffusion in Brazilian lands. The pastry is nothing more than a fresh dough that can be fried or baked and can contain the most varied fillings, the most popular of which are meat, chicken, and cheese. It can have different shapes, but, commercially, it is found more in the rectangular or round shape.


In Brazil In Brazil, the vast majority of snack bars, bars, and cafes offer the sale of pastries. In addition, it is also possible to find it easily for sale in terminals and even as party food, especially for birthday. However, for sure, open markets are the most popular places to find delicacy. It is possible to find the pastry dough to be made at home mainly in supermarkets, smaller markets, and grocery stores. It is so popular that it is consumed by people from different social classes. From the richest to the simplest people, salty is enjoyed by millions. The history of pastel in Brazil begins centuries ago and is still uncertain. That's because, its origin is still uncertain before lovers of delight. The history of Pastel is quite curious. That's because, the pastel has a series of variations that make its origin a little uncertain. Some historians claim that the Brazilian version we know today was brought by Europeans, even at the time of colonization. That's because, centuries ago, the Portuguese already worked with the stuffed fried pastry. However, the most accepted theory is that the pastel actually came from Asia. Not the version we know today, but his possible father and mother. According to records, Gyoza, a Japanese thin pastry that is steamed and has the pork filling, as well as the spring roll (harumaki), a Chinese delicacy that is fried and usually has a vegetable filling, are the great ancestors of the pastry Brazilian. According to records, it started to be disseminated in Brazil in the 40's, during the 2nd World War. During this period, several Japanese immigrants arrived in Brazil looking for a new home amid the chaos of war. In order to survive, and at the same time, disguise their origins and escape prejudice (since Japan fought for the Axis), they started to set up pastry shops. The previously mentioned recipes were then adapted for a new version, which would please both immigrants and Brazilians. Version we know Soon, the version we know today gained momentum and started to become popular in the Santos region (the birthplace of Nippon culture in Brazil) and quickly spread throughout the state of São Paulo, and later, Brazil. According to the History of Pastel, it was already one of the most consumed foods by Brazilians in the 1940s. It was only in the 1950s that the recipe and custom of eating the delicacy reached the states of Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte. It was only in 1960, that it finally arrived in the South of Brazil, and in 62, officially, the pastry shop of Maringá, in Paraná, was founded. According to historians, the spread of pastel in Brazil happened so fast because, in addition to being an easy recipe, it is also very cheap, since it is possible to fill the salty with the most varied fillings. Soon, food became very accessible to the poorest populations, but mainly to the working class. Curiosity about the pastel The History of Pastel in Brazil also has a series of interesting curiosities. After so many years of being consumed and enjoyed by Brazilians, it would be impossible for this typical food to not have some interesting facts. Competition: The precursor in this type of competition was the City Hall of São Paulo, which created the “Best Pastel de Feira” years ago. The competition aims not only to choose the best delicacy but also to encourage its spread. A perfect combination: Another curiosity about the History of Pastel is that, although the delight is consumed in different ways, a large part of the population claims that the perfect combination is a warm pastry with a large glass of cane juice. Massa: As the pastel became popular, new versions of it appeared. Today, in addition to the wide variety of fillings, it is also possible to find different options of pasta and brands. Gourmet: The gourmet wave, which quickly became popular in Brazil, also reached pastels. Nowadays, it is very easy to find more “refined” options for pastries, including some that include ingredients such as octopus, caviar, parma, etc. Strips: Pastel is so popular with Brazilians that not even the leftovers of pasta are discarded. It is extremely common in restaurants and main.

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