Aveiro is well known not only for being the Portugues Venice but also for inventing one of the greatest sweet treats of all times -> Ovos Moles de Aveiro, Portuguese egg yolk sweets!
The smooth texture and sweet flavor of the yolk in the crunchy shell make for quite an enjoyable treat.
Ovos moles are sweets, originating in the convents. They are made of egg yolks and sugar, wrapped in a thin wheat crust (the same dough used for “Hosts” in Catholic Masses). The sweets are molded into shapes symbolic of the Aveiro region, such as clams, mussels, fish, crabs, barrels, sea buoy, sardines, and walnuts.
Legend has it that ovosmoles came about by a nun with a sweet-tooth at the Convent of Jesus. She was being forced to fast by her Mother Superior for committing the sin of gluttony. Disobeying the order, she grabbed the only ingredients in the kitchen, eggs, and sugar, and began to concoct something tasty. Fearful of being caught, she hid the mixture inside the batter used to create the Hosts. The next day, after the ingredients had set, the nuns discovered the confection and deemed it so perfect, it could only be a miracle from God.
Where to get these goodies, you may wonder??? There is still one place in Aveiro where they continue producing ovos moles with the original recipe since 1882, in a traditional kitchen with traditional copper pots and utensils. The place is run by Mrs Silvina Raimundo.
If you’re in Aveiro, do not forget to give them a try!