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Pao De Lo – Recipes from Portugal

Pao De Lo – Portuguese Sponge Cake


  • 9 large eggs (room temperature)
    1 pinch salt
    300 g sugar
    200 g plain flour
    ¼ teaspoon baking powder
    icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F Grease and parchment paper line a 10 inch tube pan, set aside.
  2. Beat the eggs with the salt until light. Gradually beat in the sugar at medium speed and beat for at least 20 minutes, or until mixture is very thick.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir the flour and baking powder together. At low speed, add the flour mixture to the eggs one heaping tablespoon at a time, blending well after each addition, and scraping down the sides of the bowl when necessary.
  4. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean (cake will spring back to a light touch).
  5. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and peel off parchment paper. Let cool completely on rack. Dust with icing sugar before serving if desired.