Day 72 of #the100dayproject and #100thingstoeatinbrazil is for Sequilhos!
Sequilhos are a type of sweet biscuit made with cassava starch, sugar, butter, eggs, and coconut milk. It’s a traditional artisanal snack, bought in street markets directly from the families who make them.
The sequilho was born from the meeting of Portuguese confectionery techniques and Brazilian ingredients during the colonial period of the country.
And now, time out for a personal story: in the region I am from (or maybe that’s just my family), sequilhos are biscuits made of flour, sugar, and butter. They ate delicious, and very easy to make. So much so, that they were the first thing I ever baked as a kid. Besides the plain, three ingredient version, we would melt some goiabada (guava paste) on top of them, or add cinnamon to the dough in order to create different flavors (the original sequilho can also be made in different flavors).
But after the small research I did for this project, I’m inclined to believe that this simple version of sequilhos was the way my mom found to encourage my kitchen curiosity (and get some home made cookies out of it) without having me destroy her kitchen in the process. The traditional sequilho recipe involves a very complicated and time consuming process. So much so that the dough was nicknamed “raiva” (anger) by the people who make them.
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