Throwback Thursday: Portuguese Doughnuts
by Keleigh May on April 23rd, 2015

  • 2 3/4 cups flour (I used Rob's Red Mill All purpose)
  • 14 grams yeast (2 packets)
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • zest and juice of one orange
  • 5 eggs
  • 2.5 ounces (a little over 1/4 cup) olive oil
  • 1.5 ounces (a little under 1/4 cup) brandy
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Dissolve salt and yeast in warm water. Beat the eggs together. Heat olive oil, and slowly stir into eggs, whisking while you pour. Add orange juice and zest, and brandy to the yeast and egg mixture. 
Mix in a little flour at a time, and mix on medium speed for about 10 minutes. Pour into a well greased bowl, and sprinkle with flour. 
​Cover and let rise in a a warm place for 3-4 hours. 
Pour dough onto a well floured surface. Cut in half, then again, and again until you have around 30 small doughnuts. 
Place on a greased cookie dish, and let rise 1-2 hours. 
Heat an additional 1/2 cup olive oil over medium heat. Fry dough 1-2 minutes each side. Place on a paper towel lined plate once cooked. 
Place powdered sugar and cinnamon in a paper bag. Place hot doughnuts in bag and shake a few times to coat well. 

Take a Trip to Portugal (through your mouth).

Images taken from "Traditional Portuguese Cooking" by Maria de Lourded Modesto
Published by Verbo in 1982
For this recipe I used olive oil from Portugal. It wasn't nearly as bitter as traditional olive oil. It paired well with the citrus notes in the doughnut, and had more a nutty flavor. 

Meet David (Pronounced Da-Veed)

This is David.  He is our Bible Study Leader, neighbor, Joe's running buddy and go-to friend for everything Portuguese.  David grew up in Portugal and learned to speak English by watching episodes of Saved by the Bell (you would have no idea he is not a native English speaker).  He met his wife Courtney and the two moved to the United States where they raise their three kids.  In getting to know David, he told us about the Portuguese Freedom Day which takes place on April 25th each year to celebrate the Carnation Revolution.  He let me borrow his Portuguese cookbook and told me what one of his favorite desserts was.  Filhozes, which are also known as Portuguese Donuts, are basically pastries fried in oil and coated with sugar and cinnamon (aka delicious goodness).  Even if you are living in a foreign country and are craving  the flavors of home, where there's a meal, there's a way.

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