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These Portuguese sweet rolls recipe (receita de arrufadas) does take a while to make, but it is worth it.
Portuguese Sweet Rolls (Arrufadas) Recipe
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Portuguese Sweet Rolls (Arrufadas) Recipe

Portuguese Sweet Rolls (Arrufadas) Recipe

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4 and ½ cups of flour2 medium eggs1/2 cup of unsalted butter1 teaspoon of lemon zest1/2 cup of sugar2 tablespoons of instant dry yeast1/2 cup of warm water1/4 cup of warm milk1 pinch of saltTopping1/2 cup of grated coconut1/2 cup of sugar1 teaspoon of vanilla extract1 teaspoon of flour2 medium eggs1 yolk1 tablespoon of waterPowdered sugar (to taste)
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    1. Place the flour in a dough mixer bowl, add the yeast, lemon zest, sugar, butter, salt and eggs.
    2. Add the milk and water and beat until everything is well mixed.
    3. Put the dough on the counter and knead for about 8 minutes.
    4. Form a ball and put in a bowl, cover with cling wrap and let rise for 1 hour.
    5. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, shape them into balls and arrange them in a tray lined with parchment paper.
    6. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise for another 45 minutes.


    1. In a bowl, mix the grated coconut, sugar, flour, vanilla extract and eggs, mix with a wooden spoon and set aside.
    2. Dissolve the 1 egg yolk in a tablespoon of water and brush the buns with the egg wash.
    3. Add the grated coconut mix over the buns (if necessary make a cross for the topping to adhere better.
    4. Bake on a preheated oven at 200°C or 390°F for about 20 minutes.
    5. Once cool, sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
    Recipe & Photo Credit: annieskitchen.pt *

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