Pão de Ló

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Pão de Ló is a traditional Portuguese sponge cake recipe known for its light, airy texture and rich, eggy flavor. It’s a beloved dessert that varies slightly from region to region within Portugal, often served during festive occasions and celebrations. This version of Pão de Ló is simple yet delicious, embodying the essence of Portuguese baking.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Serving: 8

Ingredients:

  1. 6 large eggs
  2. 1 cup of granulated sugar
  3. 1 cup of all-purpose flour, sifted
  4. Zest of 1 lemon (optional for added flavor)
  5. Powdered sugar for dusting

Method:

  1. Preheat and Prepare:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk Eggs and Sugar:
    • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and granulated sugar until the mixture is pale, fluffy, and has doubled in volume. This may take about 5-10 minutes with an electric mixer on high speed.
  3. Fold in Flour and Lemon Zest:
    • Gently fold in the sifted flour to the egg mixture, a little at a time, to avoid deflating the batter. If using, fold in the lemon zest. Mix until just combined, maintaining a light, airy texture.
  4. Bake:
    • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool and Serve:
    • Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Notes:

  • Be careful not to overmix the batter after adding flour to preserve the cake’s lightness.
  • Pão de Ló is traditionally slightly underbaked to achieve a moist center. Adjust the baking time if you prefer a drier cake.
  • Serve with a side of fresh berries or a dollop of whipped cream for added flavor.

Nutritional Information per Serving (Based on USDA Guidelines):

  • Calories: 210 kcal
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 37g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Sodium: 70mg
  • Sugars: 25g

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