Pão de Ló de Alfeizerão, is a sponge cake very famous in Alfeizerão near Alcobaça, Lisbon. The secret behind this special cake is that is not ready.
So, Pão de Ló de Alfeizerão comes from a monastery of women like most of the portuguese gastronomy. In the century XIX some nuns have to move away from the monastery, and because they were helped by some women of the village, for those they give the recipe.
The legend of the Pão de Ló de alfeizerão, begins with king D.Carlos visits to his great friend in Alfeizerão, so to impress the king, his friend has for dessert the famous cake of the monastery. The kitchen personal were very nervous and had a very busy day. So since the sponge cake needs to be treat very careful, when was the time to take it out of the oven, they took it to early, so when we cake was served all the eggs which was not cooked was in the top of the cake. So when they cut the first piece, the egg juice cover the full piece of cake, so everyone was very impressed and very satisfied with taste.
If you are in Portugal and you see the Pão de Ló de Alfeizerão, now you know the history behind it, try it and enjoy like the king!