Aletria, is a sweet dessert made with fine egg noddles which is mostly served at Christmas and for many other festive occasions.
This classic is made with the same basic ingredients; eggs, sugar, cinnamon and lemon peel as the ever popular Arroz Doce – Portuguese Sweet Rice Pudding.
7 cups of whole milk
6 egg yolks
1 + 1/2 cups of sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cinnamon stick
2 pieces of lemon peel
1 12 oz package of very fine egg noodles
Pour milk, sugar, salt and cinnamon stick into a large pan and bring it to a boil, stirring constantly.
Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks in a small bowl and slowly blend some heated milk into the eggs and stir. Set aside.
Break up the noodles and add them to the boiling milk. Stir constantly until the noodles are cooked and remove from the heat.
Slowly add egg mixture into the cooked noodles and stir to incorporate. Turn off heat *Do not let the noodles boil. Remove from heat.
Remove the lemon peel and cinnamon stick. Pour the mixture into a large serving platter at least 1 inch depth. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Let cool and store covered in the refrigerator.