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Ovos Moles de Aveiro

Ovos Moles de Aveiro is a local sweet from Aveiro. Ovos Moles ("soft eggs") is made of egg yolks and sugar.

Ovos Moles de Aveiro
Ovos Moles de Aveiro

The fillings are put inside rice paper in various shapes depending on the mould. In the above image, they are fish and shells, which is common due to the city's nautical heritage.

Local cafes, confectionary shops (pastelarias), and supermarkets in Aveiro will all stock Oves Moles.


Oves Moles were first made in various convents by nuns up until the dissolution of Portugal's religious orders in 1834. The nuns used egg whites to starch their habits and so as not to waste the yolks began making Oves Moles.

Production was continued by local women who had been educated in convents.

Oves Moles was the first Portuguese confectionery product to obtain Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) from the European Union in 2006.

A variation, ovos-moles pretos are made with a chocolate casing.

Oficina de Doce at 23 Rua de Joao Mendonca (Tel: 234 098 840) is a pastry shop where you can learn the secret of making Oves Moles. A tour includes a short film and a hands-on demonstration with tastings.


Ovos Moles de Aveiro
© Oficina de Doce

Another great Portuguese pastry is Bolas de Berlim and, of course, Pastel de Nata especially from Pasteis de Belem in Lisbon.

Hotels in Aveiro

Hotel Melia Ria

Veneza Hotel


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