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Ovos-moles ("soft eggs", literally) is a local delicacy from Aveiro, Portugal, made of egg yolks and sugar.


Ovos Moles de Aveiro (Soft Eggs, Aveiro style)

  • 1/4 cup short-grain rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 large egg yolks, lightly beaten


Combine the rice and water in a saucepan and simmer, covered, until the rice is very soft, about 30 minutes. Strain, reserve the water,and discard the rice or keep it for another use. Put the sugar into a saucepan with 1/2 cup of the rice water and cook over medium heat, stirring from time to time, to make a thin syrup. Remove the pan from the heat and cool slightly, then gradually whisk the syrup into the egg yolks, beating vigorously.Pour the mixture into the saucepan and cook over very low heat, whisking or stirring constantly until the mixture is thick. Be careful not to let it boil. When it is like a thick custard pour it into a dish and let cool.


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