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Filhos

No recipe image available.A Portuguese treat traditionally served at Christmas. A doughnut-like dessert, specially-formed pieces of sweet dough—made with Port wine—are deep-fried and served with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Recipe Ingredients:

3 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoons salt
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
6 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons Port wine
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Lard for deep frying*
Powdered sugar for sprinkling

Cooking Directions:

  1. In large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar and salt; mixing well; set aside.
  2. In small mixing bowl combine eggs, water, Port wine, vanilla and melted butter. Add to flour mixture and mix well.
  3. Roll out thin on lightly floured surface and cut in 2-inch squares. Make a cut in one corner; pull the opposite corner through.
  4. Deep fry in hot lard (375°F / 190°C) for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Makes 5 to 6 dozen filhos.

*For authenticity in flavor, use lard not shortening.