When I was growing up, in Portugal, we used to go out on Saturday afternoons to a Pastelaria (bakery), and we would have an iced cold coke with lemon slices, and then a cake of some sort. It depended on what I felt like in the moment, but Pudim Molotof was by far one of my favorites.
It's this amazing egg white pudding that just melts in your mouth with each spoonful, and is drizzled with caramel sauce or in some cases an egg sweet sauce almost like a curd, and toasted almonds. It is absolutely divine.
I grew up loving it, I grew up wanting to learn how to make it, but was always very intimidated by the process. It's a bit of a finicky recipe and if you mess with it too much it will go terribly wrong, flop and you end up with a chewy meringue instead of fluffy melt in your mouth egg whites.
About two weeks ago I was craving it and decided that it's now or never. I sweated and my hands shook but I was determined that I would conquer this dessert.
And conquer it I did. So pleased and now that I've made it it is no longer intimidating and I plan on making it again for Christmas.
Hint: Do NOT touch the oven when it's baking, do not open the door at all even if you're curious and tempted to take a peek.
Pudim Molotof - Egg White Pudding
8 egg whites
8 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the caramel:
1 cup sugar (175 gr)
1/2 cup water (100 ml)
To make the caramel: In a saucepan add the water and the sugar, stir until well dissolved. Cook over high heat until caramelized and a beautiful dark brown. Do not overcook or it will burn the caramel and be extremely bitter. Once done, pour into a fluted cake pan and swirl all around to cover the bottom, sides and up the middle of the cake pan.
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Place a baking tray in the oven with water, I usually fill with water about halfway up the baking pan.
In a standing mixer, add the egg whites and whisk until stiff peaks form, slowly add in the sugar a little at a time, and finally the vanilla extract. Scoop the egg whites into the caramelized cake pan, smooth the top, then smack the pan on the counter a few times to get rid of any air bubbles. Place the pan into the middle of the baking pan with the water, you're going to cook the pudding in a Bain Marie.
Bake for about 20 minutes (do NOT open the door at all). Once the 20 minutes are up, turn the oven off and let it sit in the oven with the door closed for another 30 minutes. Again do not open the door at all, if you do the pudding will deflate.
Once the time is up, remove from the oven, let it cool down a bit and then remove from pan. You have to do this really quickly and in one go or you'll end up with caramel sauce all over the place. Remove the cake pan slowly so the pudding will release without breaking.
You can spoon some of the sauce over the pudding. Enjoy!!!