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How to make “Sonhos” – My father’s Recipe

‘Sonhos’ are one of Madeira’s Carnival typical sweets. “Sonhos”also means dreams in Portuguese, so you can get an idea of what it tastes like…

In this post, I share my father’s recipe with you.

1 cup flour (125 gr)
1/2 cup of milk (125 ml) + 1/2 cup of water (125ml)
1 tablespoon salt coffee
1 tablespoon sugar coffee
2 lemon peels
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon of butter
3 eggs
1 teaspoon baking tea

Preparation mode:

In a saucepan pour the milk, water, salt, sugar, lemon peels, cinnamon and bring to a boil. At the end add the butter.

Then add in the flour (sifted) with the baking powder, mix well and set aside.

Once it cools down, beat the dough adding the eggs one at a time.

Baking mode:

In a pan pour oil making up to a height of 6-8 cm. Heat it and once it’s hot add a spoonful of dough. Once it begins to come to surface, you can add one by one the other spoonfuls of dough. Try to keep the oil temperature to avoid overheating. The portions of dough, bake, grow and turn on each other, until they are cooked / browned.

In the end, with the help of a fork withdraw it from the pan and place it over a surface lined with paper to cool down.

Then add in the sugar cane honey and bom apetite!

Curiosity: The sugar cane was introduced in Madeira Island around 1425, imported from Sicily, on the orders of Prince Henry. Currently most of the production is directed to the production of sugar cane honey.



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This blog talks about the island where I was born and live - Madeira, and my endless journey to discover the world until (one day, who knows) I get to visit Mars.

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