1 medium-sized ripe papaya (1 to 1 pounds), peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped

cup strained fresh lime or lemon juice

cup water

2 cups sugar

1 piece of stick cinnamon, 3 inches long

4 whole cloves

5 egg yolks


Combine the papaya, lime or lemon juice, and water in the jar of an electric blender and blend at high speed for about 30 seconds. Turn off the machine, scrape down the sides of the jar with a rubber spatula, and blend again until the mixture is a smooth pure. With the back of a spoon, rub the pure through a fine sieve into a 2- to 3-quart enamelled or stainless-steel saucepan.

Mix in the sugar, cinnamon stick and cloves and, stirring constantly, bring to a boil over high heat. Stirring occasionally, cook briskly until the syrup reaches a temperature of 230F on a candy thermometer or a few drops spooned into cold water immediately form coarse threads. Remove the pan from the heat and, with a slotted spoon, remove and discard the cinnamon and cloves.

In a deep bowl, beat the egg yolks with a wire whisk or a rotary or electric beater for about 1 minute, or until the yolks thicken slightly. Beating constantly, pour the hot syrup into the yolks in a thin stream and continue to beat until the mixture is smooth and thick and is a bright, deep yellow color.

Divide the mixture among four 4-ounce heatproof dessert dishes and cool to room temperature. The dessert will thicken further as it cools. Serve at once, or refrigerate for at least 2 hours and serve the ovos moles de papaya chilled.


Serves 4.


country : Mozambique

course : dessert


source : Recipes : African Cooking (Foods of the World)