Farófias close-up

Farófias are a very tasty dessert with different textures, which gives it a special touch and justifies the success of this recipe in Portuguese cuisine. Its final look, which resembles small clouds covered in a creamy egg-based sauce, appeal to everyone… Check out our Farófias recipe!

With common ingredients and typical Portuguese cooking processes, this is a very common dessert in all regions of Portugal.

At its base this recipes includes milk, eggs and sugar. These ingredients are complemented with lemon and cinnamon, which give it a special taste, and a few more secrets (starch) that helps to achieve a creamy and appetizing sauce.

Farófias ingredients

To prepare our “clouds”, we start by whisking the egg whites to a stiff peak, to which we then add sugar, to make them sweet and consistent.

Once this process is finished, it’s time to cook them in milk seasoned with the lemon peel, the cinnamon stick and, of course, the sugar, otherwise it would be a Portuguese dessert… With the help of a spoon, we cook our Farófias for about 1 minute on each side.

Farófias being boiled

With our Farófias cooked and arranged on a serving plate, we just need to prepare the sauce that will give them the final touch:

– We mix the egg yolks, starch and a little milk;

– In about 500ml of the milk in which we cooked our Farófias, and after straining, we add the yolks mixture;

– With the stove on low heat, we stir the milk until it thickens and we have our sauce finished.

We serve the Farófias lukewarm or cool, on a serving plate, with the sauce on top and sprinkled with a little cinnamon.

Farófias on a serving plate

A delight! You have to try it for yourself…

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Farófias on a serving plate


Homecooking Lisbon
Farófias are a typical Portuguese dessert that appeals to children and adults alike. These small “sweet clouds” are prepared with few ingredients and simple processes, making it one of the favorite desserts of the Portuguese.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Estremadura
Servings 4 people


  • Large pan
  • Saucepan


  • 750 ml milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 180 g sugar
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • cinnamon


  • In large pan, bring the milk, cinnamon stick and lemon peel to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer;
  • Separate the egg whites from the yolks;
  • In a small bowl mix the cornstarch, yolks and some milk;
  • Whisk the egg whites with a few drops of lemon to a stiff peak;
  • When the egg whites reach a stiff peak, keep whisking and adding 80g of the sugar;
  • With the help of a spoon, cook the egg whites on the simmering milk. Cook all the egg whites, around 1 min each side, remove and arrange on a serving plate;
  • After straining the milk in which the egg whites were cooked, measure 500ml and heat it in a saucepan;
  • With the milk simmering, add the egg mixture and keep stirring until you get a thicken sauce;
  • Pour the sauce over the cooked egg whites and sprinkle some cinnamon on top;
  • Serve it cool or lukewarm.
Keyword Egg, Milk, Sugar

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