Portuguese Sweet Bean Pudding (Pudim de Feijao)

Now if you’ve ever seen a table full of Portuguese desserts you probably seen Pudim de Feijao. It is one of the more unique desserts in Portuguese cooking simply because it utilizes an ingredient not usually seen in them, beans. Pudim de Feijao, or sweet bean pudding is one of the most popular and recognizable Portuguese desserts for good reason. It has a uniquely rich texture and sweet flavor that is not seen in any other desserts. The ingredients & directions are really simple so go ahead and try it out and tell us what you think!

2.5 cups (18 ounces) sugar
7 egg yolks
1 lbs. white beans
3 sticks butter
1 tablespoon confectioners sugar

1) Soak the beans in a bowl of water for about 24 hours. Then remove the skins from the beans and cook them in a saucepan with boiling water until they are soft.
2) Now puree them in a blender, making sure you obtain a very fine consistency.
3) Prepare a syrup in a saucepan with some water and the sugar on high heat until it reaches a smooth consistency.
4) In a new saucepan, add the syrup to the pureed beans, then the egg yolks and the butter.
5) Cook on a low heat, stirring, until the yolks have cooked and the mixture has thickened a little.
6) Pour into a buttered tin mold and cook until firm in the oven at 400 degrees fahrenheit.
7) Remove from the mold and cover with the confectioners sugar. Serve.


  1. Shev.

    I recently took a trip to the azores and became obsessed with this desert. Unfortunately i live in NY and have not been able to find this desert, or any portuguese bakery to purchase. Therefore I have decided to attempt this for easter, perhaps. what kind of white bean will i need for this, navy beans, canneloni beans? Please let me know.


    • Pbicudo1

      That is great to hear and Easter is a great time to make it! Pudims de Feijao are one of my favorite pudims to have during a holiday, with their sweet flavor and rich texture. Navy beans are the best white beans to use when making it.

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