Sonhos

Sonhos
What better way to end our first recipe rotation with an ethnic pastry, and a delicious looking one at that!  From the looks of the recipe, I’m guessing this will be like a Bismark. Thanks, Yvette, for the recipe! See her comment below on where this recipe originated.
This is a Brazilian pastry that was my absolute favorite when we went to Brazil. Brandon finally found me a recipe, and we made them yesterday. He had to translate the recipe to English, so everything is in grams and liters.
SONHOS
Dough:
500g all purpose flour
1 tbs yeast 100g butter or margarine
100g granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup water
Creme:
1 liter milk
250g granulated sugar
75g all purpose flour
4 egg yolks
1 tbs vanilla
Powdered sugar to dust finished sonhos
Dough:  Mix 50g of flour with yeast and enough water to make a wet sponge. Let the sponge rest for 15 minutes. Add the remaining dough ingredients and mix. The dough should be soft and tacky, but not overly sticky. Add flour or water as necessary to obtain this consistency. Knead and let it rest for 10 minutes. Form dough into 30g balls (appx 1.5” in diameter) and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Mist with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap to rise. Allow dough to rise until double in size. Deep fry in low-temperature oil. The oil should bubble when you slide them in, but not splatter. When they are lightly browned, turn them over. When both sides are cooked, remove the sonhos and place them on a paper towel to cool.
Creme: Mix the milk with half of the sugar and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the remaining sugar and the flour. Sifting the flour first will help prevent lumps. Cook for about 2 minutes, whisking constantly, until smooth. Add the yolks and vanilla and cook on low, whisking constantly, until it thickens. Remember that it will thicken more when it cools. Once it’s cooled, slice the sonhos in half, leaving the last 1/4” or so of the two halves connected. Open far enough to spoon in the crème and fill ’em up! Dust the tops with sifted powdered sugar and enjoy!
Makes: appx 20 sonhos
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