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This Azores style recipe for Portuguese donuts (malassadas) from D. Leonor Santos is incredible.
Portuguese Donuts (Malassadas) Recipe
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Portuguese Donuts (Malassadas) Recipe

Portuguese Donuts (Malassadas) Recipe

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2 1/2 pounds of flour1 cup of sugar1 teaspoon of salt6 eggs3/4 cup of butterZest from 1 lemon2 cups of milkOil to fryTo make the yeast you need:1 1/2 tablespoons of flour1/2 teaspoon of sugar1 1/2 tablespoons of active dry yeast1/2 cup of warm water Get Portuguese ingredients & more Get Portuguese ingredients and more
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  1. First, prepare the yeast by mixing everything together and set aside.
  2. Next, heat the milk and butter in a pan until the butter melts.
  3. In a large bowl, put the eggs, salt, lemon zest and sugar and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.
  4. Then, add the milk, butter and mix for half a minute.
  5. Add the yeast, the flour, mix with your hands and knead.
  6. Cover for 20 minutes.
  7. Fold the dough over after 20 minutes and wait until it doubles in size.
  8. In a deep fryer, heat the oil, take one piece of the dough at a time, stretch it out and fry it until golden brown.
  9. Once fried, dust it with sugar.
Recipe & Photo Credit: D. Leonor Santos *

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