Thursday, May 24, 2018

On the Menu this week Pão de Ló de Ovar – A Traditional Sponge cake from Ovar in Portugal

Photographed at O Felipe, Matosinhos, Porto

This traditional ‘sponge cake’, the recipe is more than 200 years old, bears its own EU Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). It is more like a soufflé than a cake; it is very simple and quick to make with only three ingredients and is delicious, rich and gooey with a crisp meringue like crust. This is perfect if you have been making meringues and have egg yolks left over. You are meant to have a fluted edge, so don’t try to be too perfect when lining your cake tin with the grease proof paper.
6 egg yolks – 2 whole eggs – 100g caster sugar – 50 g flour
Set your oven to 180 ºC. Add the sugar to the eggs and yolks and whip till really light and fluffy using an electric whisk or a mixer. This can take 10 to 15 minutes. Carefully sift in the flour, folding gently so as not to break up the whipped mixture. Pour into a baking tin lined with buttered greaseproof paper. Bake at for 10 to 15 minutes, allow to cool than carefully peel off the paper and serve. It should be soft and gooey in the middle with a light brown top.
Amazing if served with a sweet white or pink port.
Lynne has not made this yet; it is someone else’s recipe. But we have eaten this in Portugal and it was amazing. Hope it works for you and you enjoy it.

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