Ovar Sponge Cake | Pão-de-Ló de Ovar

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Sponge Cake from Ovar ( Pão de Ló de Ovar ) – A light, creamy, fluffy and yellow colored dough called “Ló” with a thin, slightly soft and golden brown crust followed by the most creamy sweet egg layer. Very, very decadent! A great and easy dessert to have in your Easter Table. And guess what?! You can make it in advance! It’s a family favorite!

 

 

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Hey, Hi!

 

I’ve missed this so, so much! It has been a while again, I know… I’m sorry! But, good news —–> I’m back!  😀

 

It’s almost Easter so I’m giving you the one recipe for Easter to my family. Without this fabulous sponge cake, our Easter table is not complete. You get it right? Fluffy, moist and yellow colored dough… Soft golden brown crust… Creamy sweet egg layer… Yah, it’s a must have!

 

Just look at it.

 

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If you have ever tasted Doce de Ovos (Sweet Cream Eggs), you know this is the most mouth watering piece of sponge cake you have ever seen. =) And… ok, ok it’s my picture =X ah ah ah

 

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The European Commission has recognized the name “Pão-de-Ló de Ovar” as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) and it is a certified conventual sweet with more than 200 years of history in Portugal.

 

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Recipe adapted from Traditional Portuguese Cooking by Maria de Lourdes Modesto.

Don’t worry about the egg whites left out of this recipe. In my next post, I’ll give you a solution on how to use them =).

Recipe

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Sponge Cake from Ovar | Pão de Ló de Ovar
 
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Very, very decadent! A great and easy dessert to have in your Easter Table. It's a family favorite!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Portuguese
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 5 eggs
  • 13 yolks
  • 250 g sugar
  • 120 g plain flour
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Line a clay cake pan with foolscap paper or other thick white paper - I used 2 sheets.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, yolks, and eggs for 30 minutes or use an electric mixer for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 220 ºC / 428 ºF.
  4. Sift flour and salt and gently fold it all together.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 10 minutes and then lower the temperature to 180ºC / 356 ºF for 20 minutes more.
  6. When you take it out of the oven it should be golden brown and the center should shake a little.
  7. Let it sit in the pan until cool. Remove it carefully, so it doesn't crack.
Notes
My clay cake pan has 27 cm of inner superior diameter, 20 cm of inner inferior diameter and 8.5 cm in height.
The first time you use a clay cake pan it's advisable to dip it in water before first use.
Here in Portugal, clay cake pans are easily found at local fairs or in specialty bakery shops.
The Sponge Cake cooking time differs from oven to oven and with the type of cake pan used.
You can also use a metal cake pan and line it with parchment paper, but you will need to reduce the cooking time.
This loaf should rest for at least 6 hours, but it's best 24 hours later. The difference is incredible! So I advise you to prepare it in advance.
 

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With this sponge cake, you need to be very careful with timings. It’s really important you make sure that the sponge cake doesn’t dry too much otherwise, you will lose the opportunity to taste the most delicious and creamy filling.
If it doesn’t go well the first time, give it another chance. I promise: you won’t regret that!

 

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Other suggestions for your Easter table:

  • Another wonderful sweet to stand by this sponge cake it’s Abade Priscos Pudding. If you didn’t check that recipe yet, you cand find it here.
  • More like a pie person? You can find here another delicious recipe – Portuguese Custard Tart.

 

I love to cook and bake with clay. The final result is always really different from another kind of material. Have you ever tried that? Let me know, leave a comment! =)

 

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Ciao!

Kika

 

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2 Responses

  1. Looks absolutely delicious! I know pretty well what I want as dessert now!

    Really liked it! Kiss!

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