Pão de Ló de Alfeizerão originated from an ancestral recipe made by the nuns who lived in the Monastery of Santa Maria de Cós, in Alcobaça.
According to a legend, Pão de Ló de Alfeizerão is the result of an "accident" involving the King of Portugal, D. Carlos I (1863-1908). During one of the King's occasional visits to a friend's house in Alfeizerão, he was served undercooked Pão de Ló with a moist centre because it was removed from the oven too soon. The King loved the result so much that, from that moment on, the few ladies in Alfeizerão who knew the ancestral recipe changed the baking process on purpose so that the cake's centre would always be creamy.
Today, you can savour the famous "Pão de Ló de Alfeizerão" in one of the local pastry shops: Casa de Pão-de-Ló de Alfeizerão, Café Ferreira, Pastelaria Castelo and Pastelaria Cinderela.