Cavacas – “Portuguese Popover Dessert”. The taste and texture is similar to a profiterole with a creamy, sugary glaze over the top.
The origin of the classic dessert in Portugal is unknown but it is a favorite in the Portuguese community for celebrations and Holidays. It’s easy to make and it requires few ingredients.
I’ll always remember a story my sister told me about her friend who was trying to learn how to make this recipe one day. The poor girl was distraught that she had apparently wasted 3 dozens eggs and a whole jar of olive oil in her attempt!
Well, we all know the old saying; “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” You will succeed!
Good luck everyone!
8 x large eggs room temp
3/4 cup olive oil
2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1/4 cup milk (optional for a lighter cavaca)
pinch of salt
Cooking spray or margarine
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
1 tsp crated lemon zest
Here’s a video from our youtube page for you to follow along with the instructions:
Add the flour mixture and beat for at least 15 – 20 minutes until the batter has reached a light creamy consistency. Note: Add milk and blend in gently.
Grease popover or large muffin tins with cooking spray or margarine then with about 1/2 teaspoon olive oil to each section. Fill each cup 1/2 full with batter.
Cook at 350 degrees F. for 45- 50 minutes. Cook longer if you want a harder and crustier popover. *Do not open the oven or the cavacas will collapse! 🙁
In a small bowl make the icing by combining the confectionery sugar, and the lemon zest with milk until It reaches a smooth consistency. Taste and add more lemon zest if you prefer a lemony icing.
*If you find the icing too thick add milk, it it’s to soft add more sugar.
Gently remove from oven so the center does not collapse. Let the popovers cool a few minutes in pan before removing.
Drizzle the icing over the Cavacas when slightly cooled. Enjoy!