Sonhos, are light and fluffy doughnut like pastries that melt in your mouth! Generally, they’re served around the Holidays but this popular fried pastry is a favorite at almost every Portuguese celebration. They are quite easy to make unlike filhos which are made out of risen dough and have a much longer process time.
- 6 extra large eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 stick butter or margarine
- 1 slice lemon rind
- Sugar and Cinnamon for topping
In a large heavy pan, place the water, milk, butter, lemon rind, and salt over medium heat and bring to boiling point. Stir in the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until the flour becomes a soft dough which turns into a ball shape that separates from the sides of the pan. This is similar to a basic Choux paste that is used for baking eclairs and cream puffs.
Remove the dough from heat and place into a medium bowl. Let the dough cool for a few minutes. Beat in one egg at a time making a smooth batter.
Heat the oil on high tempreture. Shape the dough into round doughnuts by using 2 large tablespoons. Fry the dough, 4 or 5 pieces at time until golden brown while keeping the heat at a steady temperature.
Pierce the sonhos slightly as they cook. NOTE: If you find they are too dark and still raw in the middle, lower the heat so they cook through at a slower temperature.
Drain on a new clean paper towel.
While still hot, roll the sonhos in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.
Happy Festive Feasting!!