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Filhóses - recipe - How to make it - step by step

Filhóses - recipe - How to make it - step by step

Filhóses are deep-fried Portuguese sweets that are similar to donuts but are softer and usually not in a round shape.


  • 1 kg all-purpose flour
  • 100 g butter or margarine
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • juice from 1 orange
  • 6 eggs
  • 25 g baker’s yeasts
  • oil for frying
  • cinnamon and powdered sugar for decoration
  • pinch of salt


Phase 1:

  1. mix yeasts with salt and dissolve it in a lukewarm water
  2. take a big bowl and put flour in it
  3. take a pot and melt butter or margarine on a medium flame
  4. add melted butter to the bowl with flour
  5. mix well all ingredients in the bowl
  6. add yeasts and eggs
  7. knead the dough
  8. preheat the orange juice mixed with brandy
  9. add the juice with brandy to the dough and knead it again for a couple of minutes
  10. when done, sprinkle the dough with flour and cover the bowl with a cling foil
  11. leave in a warm place for about 3 - 4 hours

Phase 2:

  1. take a big pot and pour oil into it
  2. heat it well
  3. oil (in the olive oil) a little bit your fingers and start forming Filhóses by taking small pieces of the dough
  4. form oval cakes with thicker edges and with a thinner middle part
  5. start frying when the oil is hot and fry till the colour of Filhóses is golden
  6. after frying put Filhóses on a paper napkin for loosing extra oil

Bom apetite!

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