Papos D’anjo

Angel Throats

This is a typical Portuguese dish, much easier to make than it might seem, rich and eggy, and first cooked for me by my friend in bon, Teresa Grilo.


  • 250 g (½ lb) caster sugar
  • 150 mls (5 oz) water
  • ½ vanilla pod
  • 4 free-range egg yolks
  • 1 free-range egg white
  • Butter and flour two bun tins.


Dissolve the sugar in the water, and cook it over a low heat with the vanilla pod. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks until they are foamy and pale. Whisk the egg white until firm, and fold carefully into the egg yolks. Spoon the mixture into the bun tins – a scant tablespoon of the mixture in each should fill all 24 holes.

Cook in the top of a preheated oven at 220°C/450°F/gas mark 7 for about 5 minutes, or until just set.

Remove the little souffl໩s from the tins, and allow to cool slightly on wire racks. Dip them, with two forks, into the hot syrup, and arrange them in a shallow glass or china dish.

Pour the rest of the syrup over them, discarding the vanilla pod, cool, and chill until required.