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This Portuguese Donuts (Malassadas) recipe is great, I have eaten these on different occasions and it's one of the best I have tried.
Preparation time:
40 min
Cooking Time:
30 min
Ready In:
4 h 10 min
Level of Difficulty:

Ana's Portuguese Malassadas (Donuts) Recipe - Portuguese Recipes

Ana's Portuguese Malassadas (Donuts) Recipe

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Posted in: Dessert Recipes
Tue, Dec 5, 2017
5 out of 5 with 158 ratings
Views: 106549


3 and 1/4 lbs of all purpose flour1 tablespoon of Crisco (vegetable shortening)6 eggs1 teaspoon of salt1 cup of sugar1/2 stick of butter1 and 1/2 tablespoons of active dry yeast1 lemon, zest2 cups of milk Get Portuguese groceries & stuff Get Portuguese groceries and other stuff at Amazon.com

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  1. In a pan over medium low heat, add the milk, crisco and the butter and warm it up a little (or until the butter melts).
  2. In a large bowl, add the sugar, eggs and lemon zest, salt and beat for a minute then add the warm milk and beat again.
  3. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of warm water to the yeast and let the yeast rise.
  4. Add the flour and the yeast to the large bowl, mix and knead very well (about 15 minutes) and cover the bowl well.
  5. Let it rise until doubled the size in a warm place (at least 3 hours).
  6. Grease a working space and place medium sized balls of the dough on it.
  7. Heat a pan with a good ammount of oil (about 2 inches).
  8. When the oil is hot, strech out each ball of dough and lay it in the oil.
  9. When golden brown, remove it from the oil and place it in paper towels.
  10. When they are cold, sprinkle them with sugar and cinnamon.
Recipe Credit: Ana Neve
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Maegan - Friday, October 15, 2021, 2 Weeks ago
Do you cover it while you let it rise ? My nan used to cover hers with a damp cloth

Yes Maegan, you got to keep it as warm as possible, cover it with a tablecloth then add a blanket, a thick cloth etc on top.
2 Weeks ago, Friday, October 15, 2021 (+0) (-0)
Michael - Friday, October 15, 2021, 2 Weeks ago
What is 1/2 stick butter equivalent to pls.

Hi Michael, 1/2 stick of butter = 1/4 cup or 56 grams.
2 Weeks ago, Friday, October 15, 2021 (+0) (-0)
Will - Thursday, September 30, 2021, 4 Weeks ago
Just to clarify 3.25 pounds of flour? Which is roughly 10 cups of flour?

Hi Will, yes.
4 Weeks ago, Thursday, September 30, 2021 (+0) (-0)
Peggy Hill
Peggy Hill - Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 2 Months ago
I’m a beginner cook so I follow a recipe he’s implicitly. I said aside that 1 teaspoon of salt, but the directions never said when to add it. After I needed the dough and started to clean up I noticed the salt. When is this supposed to go in?

Step 2 Peggy, sorry I will update the recipe.
2 Months ago, Wednesday, September 1, 2021 (+0) (-0)
Kathy Tripp
Kathy Tripp - Friday, July 16, 2021, 4 Months ago
This recipe is so good it will be a special treat any time.

Great to hear Kathy.
2 Months ago, Wednesday, September 1, 2021 (+0) (-1)