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Bolas de Berlim - recipe - How to make it - step by step

Bolas de Berlim - recipe - How to make it - step by step

Are you curious how to make Bolas de Berlim à Portuguesa? Read the recipe to find out how to make it at home.


For the dough:

  • 600 g flour (type 55)
  • 150 ml half skimmed milk
  • 100 g sugar
  • 30 g fresh baker's yeast
  • 4 medium size eggs
  • 100 g margarine
  • ½ tsp salt

For the crème:

  • 500 ml half skimmed milk
  • 125 g sugar
  • 75 g flour (type 55)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • zest from 1 lemon

For frying:

  • ½ l sunflower oil

For the topping:

  • 2 tbsp sugar


Phase 1:

  1. put flour into the bowl
  2. make a hole in the middle of flour and pour warm milk
  3. add sugar and yeasts
  4. mix it
  5. make another hole and add eggs, margarine and salt
  6. mix well ingredients, so that you get a homogenous dough
  7. cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let the dough double the volume, keep it in a warm place
  8. divide the dough into 15 pieces and form balls, put them on a floured pastries board and let them grow for 30 – 40 minutes

Phase 2:

  1. in the meantime, start preparing the crème
  2. take another bowl and put into it sugar, flour and egg yolks, mix it
  3. slowly pour some cold milk and mix it
  4. take a pot, put into it the remaining milk
  5. add lemon zest and bring to boil
  6. very slowly start adding the mixture of flour and yolks, spoon by spoon
  7. keep stirring until you get a homogenous structure (it should double the amount of the crème)
  8. remove from the heat and let it cool down

Phase 3:

  1. take another pot and pour oil
  2. when the oil is hot, start frying bolas de Berlim
  3. use low heat and fry bolas de Belem till they are golden
  4. when ready, remove one by one from the pot and put on a baking paper to remove extra oil
  5. let them cool down
  6. cut them in half almost till the end but do not separate both halves
  7. take a big table soup spoon or a pastry bag with crème and start filling bolas
  8. sprinkle with sugar

Bom apetite!

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