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.
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
- In large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar and salt; mixing well; set aside.
- In small mixing bowl combine eggs, water, Port wine, vanilla and melted butter. Add to flour mixture and mix well.
- Roll out thin on lightly floured surface and cut in 2-inch squares. Make a cut in one corner; pull the opposite corner through.
- 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.