Hope everyone is doing great! My sister just gave me some fresh eggs and nothing beats baking with fresh eggs 😀 So I decided to make Pão de ló since the recipe requires a total of 15 eggs.
For folks unfamiliar to this Portuguese cake, pão de ló is many times compared to angel sponge cake but the flavor is a bit different and unlike the sponge cake that is usually accompanied with another elements such as fruit, pão de ló usually is eaten as-is.
Pão de ló is a traditional Portuguese cake that can be dated as far back as 18th century. Depending on which Portuguese region you are referring to, pão de ló can look and taste quite differently. For example, pão de ló from Ovar the filling is almost liquefied.
The recipe I’m sharing with you today is for the more typical form of pão de ló – uniform in sponge-like texture.
A while back I found a video on YouTube in which two ladies were making pão de ló as it was traditionally made by their grandmothers, in other words, no electrical appliances. The video is in Portuguese but just to summarize, they would have to beat the mixture for an hour to make the batter airy. The batter would be placed in ceramic bowls lined with paper (a form of parchment paper) and they would be baked in a wooded stove. All I know is, thank goodness for our modern kitchen appliances 😀 The following is the link to the video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkACgSJdJ_g
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Place 5 eggs and 10 yolks in a stand mixer bowl. While on low-medium speed, add sugar in small batches (below, left photo). Once all the sugar has been added to the eggs, beat batter for 30 minutes on medium speed. Batter will become smooth and airy (below, right photo). I suggest using a stand mixer instead of a hand mixer because of the long beating time 🙂
Once the 30 minutes have passed, stop the mixer. Fold (do not beat) in sifted flour in small batches. Its best to add the flour in small batches because when folding the batter pockets of flour are easily formed and are undesirable.
As mentioned before, traditionally pão de ló was made in ceramic bowls. The ceramic was porous and therefore the bowls needed to be lined with paper (a form of parchment paper). These ceramic bowls can still be purchased today in Portugal and some confectionaries still utilize this method today. I used an angel food pan and lined it with parchment paper just to have the traditional look but you can simply grease the angel food pan with butter or cooking spray.
Batter goes into oven at 350°F for about 35 minutes. Check doneness with toothpick. Once ready, remove from pan. Allow to cool but can be eaten warm too 😀
Baking time: 35 minutes
300 gr sugar
200 gr flour, sifted
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Add 5 eggs and 10 yolks to a stand mixer bowl. While on low-medium speed, add sugar in small batches. Once all the sugar has been added, beat batter for 30 minutes on medium speed.
3. Once the 30 minutes have passed, stop the mixer. Fold in sifted flour in small batches.
4. Prepare angel food pan either by lining with parchment paper, greasing with butter or cooking spray.
5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely or enjoy it warm.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy this recipe!