The pastries in Portugal are often quite uniquely – almost poetically – named. Case in point – Pão de Deus – God’s bread. Many of Portugal’s most iconic pastries originated in convents many centuries ago, perhaps accounting for the recurring religious allusions in pastry names. In appearance, Pão de Deus is somewhat more humble of a creation than its name implies. It is a sweet brioche roll with a topping of coconut and a shower of powdered sugar. The coconut develops a gooey almost macaroon-like texture beneath the surface, and is pleasantly crispy on top. As seen below, the Pão de Deus we sampled from Pastelaria Versailles (review coming soon) came with a healthy slather of butter, and if you are feeling especially hungry you might even include some ham and cheese! Pão de Deus is a typical breakfast all across Portugal, though it is not very well known outside of the country. Home Gourmets has a recipe for Pão de Deus if you are feeling nostalgic for some Portuguese patisserie, or are looking to try it for the first time.