Aletria (Sweet Angel Hair Pasta)
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Prepared with angel hair pasta, Aletria is a traditional dessert and a must of the Portuguese Christmas
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
  • 250 g angel hair pasta
  • 1 lemon (just the peeling)
  • 1½ liters milk
  • 150 g sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 100 g butter
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 egg yolks
  1. Boil the water, milk, salt, sugar, cinnamon stick, butter and the lemon peel.
  2. Remove ½ cup of the above liquid, so you can very slowly beat in egg yolks, and set aside.
  3. Add in your Angel Hair Pasta and bring to a boil, reduce heat and keep stirring at all times. If it looks like its getting to dry add in some mor hot milk.
  4. Half way through your cooking add in the ½ cup of milk with the yolks that you had put aside, and stir untill it is cooked.
  5. Pour everything into a platter and don't forget to remove the lemon peel and cinnamon stick.
  6. Let it cool, then decorate with cinnamon powder to your liken before serving.
Recipe by All About Portugal at