Easter Portuguese dessert recipe

Easter is almost here and every country has its own traditions regarding food. Namely desserts.

Portugal is no exception.

One of the most traditional recipes for tasty sugary recipes is the famous dessert “Pão de Ló”, a sponge cake made out of eggs and flour. Originally from Genoa, Italy, dating back to the 18th century, it has long been adapted in several forms by a few municipalities in Portugal, from north to south. But the basic one, more dry and spongy, is a classic!

Here is the recipe:


8 egg yolks

3 eggs

1 1/4 cup sugar

2 cups flower

Half of 1 lemon zest

Pinch of salt

How to bake it:

Grease a tube pan and ceil it with baking paper.

Beat the eggs, the egg yolks, the sugar, the zest and the salt during 10 minutes in the food blender. It should get voluminous and whitish.

Add the flower and involve carefully.

Put the mixture inside the tube pan and bake it in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Use the toothpick technique to see if its ready. (put the toothpick into the cake and if it comes out clean, it’s ready!)

Simple? yes, very.

Tasty? goes without saying!

One of the most famous in the country (recipe above), that is a simple classical recipe for ages, is the Pão de Ló de Margaride, from the north of Portugal.

Other famous ones, that vary in consistency and shape, are from Alfeizerão, Ovar or Arouca. All of them delicious.

Irresistible! this one from Ovar (Portugal)

You’ll love it, served with Port Wine or a digestive of your own country.

Have you set the table yet??


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