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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 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.