Sonhos – Portuguese Choux Pastry Dreams!


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!!