|Preparation time||25 min|
|Cooking Time||30 min|
|Ready In||55 min|
|Level of Difficulty||Easy|
Bola de Berlim, also known as Berliner or Berliner Pfannkuchen, is a type of pastry that is popular in Portugal and other European countries. It is a round, sweet doughnut that is typically filled with a custard or cream filling and dusted with powdered sugar.
The dough is usually made with flour, yeast, sugar, milk, and eggs, and it is deep-fried until golden brown. Bola de Berlim is often enjoyed as a breakfast pastry or as a snack with coffee or tea. It is believed that the pastry originated in Germany, but it became popular in Portugal during the 19th century.
For the filling:
- In a saucepan mix the milk, egg yolks and butter.
- Bring to a low heat for about 10 minutes until a smooth and creamy consistency.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla essence and lemon juice. Stir it in well until it is smooth and consistent. Set it aside in a bowl.
For the dough:
- In a bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in milk.
- Combine all ingredients except flour and mix well adding the flour gradually until the dough is easily shaped and kneaded.
- Form medium sized balls and let them rest on a board sprinkled with flour.
- Cover with a cloth and let it rise for about 1-2 hours.
- Fry the balls in a deep frying skillet or pot on high eat one by one until they are golden browned. Turn them over as they fry.
- Once they are done, place them on a platter with paper towels to dry.
- After they have cooled slightly, cut them in half without dividing them completely.
- Fill them with the previously prepared cream and sprinkle with the powdered sugar. Serve.