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This is a delicious light and airy textured sponge cake. It tastes just like the ones I used to buy at a Portuguese bakery.
Preparation time:
25 min
Cooking Time:
40 min
Ready In:
1 h 5 min
Level of Difficulty:

Portuguese Sponge Cake (Pão De Lo) Recipe - Portuguese Recipes

Portuguese Sponge Cake (Pão De Lo) Recipe

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Posted in: Cake Recipes
Fri, Oct 2, 2015
5 out of 5 with 35 ratings
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9 large eggs (room temperature)1 pinch salt1 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar1 2⁄3 cups all-purpose flour1⁄4 teaspoon baking powderlemon zest (optional) or orange zest (optional)icing sugar Get Portuguese groceries & stuff Get Portuguese groceries and other stuff at Amazon.com

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  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, add rind if using.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the flour and baking powder and stir with a fork or whisk. 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 approximately 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.
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