Sweetened egg yolks

Sweetened egg yolks

Ovos moles

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Lisbon
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Steven Joyce

Ovos moles translates as ‘sweet eggs’, and this simple egg and sugar confection, originally from the convents of Aveiro, a town north of Lisbon, is the basis for dozens of puddings, and is used to fill or top sponge cakes, tarts, doughnuts and pastries. One of the prettiest sights to come across in Lisbon is a shop window full of small white sweets. A closer look reveals they are shaped like little fish and shells: these are made using the same dough as communion wafers and filled with bright orange ovos moles.

You can turn ovos moles into little sweets known as ‘egg nuts’ by making it into a firm dough with ground almonds, rolling it into balls and then flashing them under the grill until brown.

If you wish, store the leftover egg whites in the fridge or freezer to use for another recipe, such as meringues or the Molotov Pudding.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
8 egg yolks
250g caster sugar
150g water

Method

  1. Whisk the egg yolks in a heavy mixing bowl until smooth and creamy.
  2. Place a deep saucepan over a high heat and add the sugar and water. Heat the mixture until it reaches 105ºC on a pan thermometer. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for a couple of minutes.
  3. Pour the syrup, very slowly, into the egg yolks, beating continuously with a whisk. (Using a heavy bowl will stop the bowl moving as you whisk with one hand and pour with the other.) Once all the syrup has been added to the yolks, pour the egg yolk syrup back into the pan. Place over a very low heat and cook, stirring, for 5–6 minutes, until it has thickened – it should resemble a bright yellow or orange custard. (Don’t let the mixture get too hot or boil, as it will split and become grainy.) Remove the pan from the heat and leave the custard to cool. It will keep in the fridge for a few days. Use to top or fill cakes or pastries, like the Santa Clara Pastries mentioned on page 186.
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