Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sonhos "Dreams"

Recipe by Paula.

Sonhos are a traditional Portuguese dessert of fried dough rolled in sugar. Sonhos means "Dreams". I'm told the reason they are called dreams is that you will think you're dreaming when you bite into one of these little puffs of happiness. Who wouldn't want to eat one or more of these? Not me...I love them. Enjoy!

Makes: 20

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup unsalted butter
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon (or more if you like)
vegetable oil for frying


1. Start heating your vegetable oil to 350-360°F

2. Heat the water, butter, salt and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat until just below the boiling point, when small bubbles appear around the edges of the pan. Keep an eye on it, don't let it boil.

3. Add the flour and beat it with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a soft ball and leaves the sides of the pan clean. Reduce the temperature to low and continue stirring for 2 minutes. Don't walk away from the pan, stir constantly.

4. Take the dough and place it into a mixing bowl. Let it cool for one minute. This will let some of the moisture evaporate before you add the eggs. While the mixer is running at medium speed, add the eggs one at at time. Beat well after each egg addition, incorporating as much air as possible.

5. Fill a piping bag with the dough (you don't need a piping tip, just cut a 1/2 inch opening at the base). When your oil is ready, hold the piping bag over the oil and squeeze out a small amount (about a teaspoon) of the dough and use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut the dough into the oil. Be careful not to hold the piping bag to far above the oil or it will splash and burn you. Fry in batches until the dough is golden. They will puff up in the oil so don't crowd the pan.

6. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. When the sonhos are golden remove them from the oil and immediately roll them in the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Serve them warm or at room temperature.


  1. I thought that it's called bolinhos de chuva, but maybe it's brazilian name for this? and sonhos have a creamy filling, at least this is what I was eating in Brazil and those name were given,hehehe :)

    1. Nope, no creamy filling in these.

    2. It's called my Portuguese kitchen not my Brazilian kitchen. Not the same 😤