Sonhos (a bit like doughnuts)
Sonhos might be served anywhere throughout Portugal
For the pastry:
For the syrup:
|250 g flour||350 g sugar (honey can be substituted for a part)|
|1 dessertspoon of butter||3.5 dl water|
|6 eggs||1 stick cinnamon|
|5 dl water||rind of 1 orange or lemon in thin strips|
|1/2 teaspoon of baking powder||1 wine glass of Port|
|1 teaspoon salt|
Photograph (c)2008 Sofia Martins
Sift the flour and salt; then mix in a little cold water. Make sure there are no lumps in the mixture. Melt the butter in a pan over warm water, and add this to the flour. Cook the mixture gently in a thick saucepan, beating continuously, until the mixture is thick and dry. Remove from the heat, leave to cool a little and then add the baking powder. Add the eggs one by one and beat until bubbles begin to form.
Drop the mixture, spoonful by spoonful, into a deep pan of moderately hot oil (temperature should not exceed 175 º C) and fry slowly, turning frequently, until each sonho is puffed up and lightly browned. When turning the sonhos in the oil, prick with a long, thin needle.
Serve with the syrup prepared as follows: Boil all the ingredients, except the wine, for 10 minutes. Then remove from the heat and add the Port. Alternatively, sprinkle the sonhos with sugar and crumbled or powdered cinnamon.