EP words of the week (#76): rabanada[s] / fatia[s] dourada[s]

Christmas is very close, and I’m sure everyone in Portugal is already thing about [a] Consoada, which is our word for the day before Christmas (the 24th) – that’s when people gather with family to spend some time together, eat and drink (also, presents) :)

Amongst the many traditional dishes Portuguese cuisine has gifted us, there’s one really cheap, easy to make and practical dessert: we call them either [as] rabanadas or [as] fatias douradas (also [as] fatias paridas). Basically you use slices of bread (either stale bread or sliced, sandwich bread), dunk them in an egg and milk mixture and fry them until they’re brown and crunchy. Afterwards, they’re are usually sprinkled with cinnamon (and sometimes sugar or icing sugar) while still hot, and then served to your happy guests!

By the way, [a] fatia is the Portuguese word for slice, and it’s the word used when you’re referring to slices of bread, cake or ham (just to give a few examples). Fatia dourada means golden slice, which is suitable given the colour of the dessert once it’s finished!


Here’s a recipe if you want to try it at home: https://easyportugueserecipes.com/golden-slices-fatias-douradas/ It’s incredibly easy, and if you’ve ever tasted French toast you’ll be able to understand the idea behind it while still having a different tasting experience.

Does your country have similar dishes? If so, do you eat them a lot or only on special occasions? Please let us know and hopefully we can exchange some recipes to have a more international holidays!

Good luck with your studies, and I’ll see you next week!



2 thoughts on “EP words of the week (#76): rabanada[s] / fatia[s] dourada[s]

  1. julkastarter December 14, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    Hi, Luis! In Russia we have a similar dish. We call it “grenki”. The recipe is almost the same like in the link you gave, but we do not use flour. It is casual dish, I often eat it for breakfast with something sweet: honey, jam or condensed milk (a typical russian sweet :) )

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    • luisdomingos December 14, 2016 / 9:56 pm

      Hi, Yuliya! That’s great to know – if we look closer, we can always find commonalities among cultures (and the stomach is always a great place to start haha) :D

      Thanks for your feedback, and good luck with your studies :)


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