Bolinhos de Chuva, Brazilian Mini Doughnuts recipe

Bolinho de chuva,  translates as rainy day doughnuts, it is one of those recipes that back home we usually you don’t look it up, we just make it by heart or make up as you go along.   This recipe is the perfect treat on a raining day – so the name  Bolinho de Chuva ( rainy day little/mini doughnuts).  Wet outside and comfort treat in the house ideal pairing to a cup fo tea or coffee.
Nothing like a sweet childhood memory…

Bolinho de chuva, Brazilian rainy day doughnuts recipe

Yield:  about 20-25 (small doughnuts)

1 large organic egg
1 tablespoon butter, melted (15g)
1/2 cup of sugar, 90g
1/2 cup of whole milk, 100ml
1 cup of plain/all-purpose flour, 200g
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons of baking powder (for cakes)
1L flavourless oil to deep fry

Decoration: powder sugar and grounded cinnamon

1)In a bowl mix 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of butter (melted)  and 1/2 cup sugar
Mix well to form a light batter and the sugar has dissolved.
2)add 1/2 cup milk and 1 cup of flour , 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and 1 dessert spoon of baking powder.
3)Blend everything very well.
4) Heat the oil in a deep pan to medium heat around 160-180C, drop the batter by teaspoonfuls into the hot oil.  Let the nuggets fry for around 4 minutes, max of 4-5 at a time.
5)take them out with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towels
6)coat them in a sugar mixed with cinnamon. Serve immediately.

1) Keep an eye on the hot pan. Don’t leave them frying in very high heat oil as it will burn outside and not cook on the inside.
2) a spoonful of chocolate powder too if you want for chocolate flavour
3) You can add any other spice to the batter and sugar sprinkle at the end
4) add a mashed banana to the batter for extra flavour.
5) you can serve with chocolate or salted caramel sauce on the side too.
6) you can add chocolate chips to the filling

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  1. Candice Nikeia
    June 24, 2016 / 7:42 am

    This looks so scrumptious! Mouth is watering by just looking at these pics. I must try to make them!


  2. June 24, 2016 / 7:53 am

    Um, these look delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  3. Working Mum Blog
    June 24, 2016 / 8:08 am

    This looks so tasty! I should have eaten breakfast before I looked at this post. I'm craving this so much now! AHHH

  4. Jo Smith
    June 24, 2016 / 8:12 am

    Surprisingly easy to make too! I've never made my own doughnuts… bring on the rain!

  5. Kate Hackworthy
    June 24, 2016 / 10:25 am

    THey look lovely. Perfect for an Olympics party 🙂

  6. Klauss Kinkle
    June 24, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    So cute 🙂 It seems to me that the dough for donuts requires special skills

  7. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    June 24, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    Oh my goodness how delicious do these sounds – I totally want to steal one and pop it in my mouth. x

  8. June 25, 2016 / 10:42 am

    The doughnuts look amazing. My mother used to make a similar recipe when I was a child (in Romania). It's quite interesting how similar the cuisines can be even on different continents.

  9. Jessica Ayun
    June 26, 2016 / 7:08 am

    I just need a cup of coffee to go perfectly with these doughnuts. I can imagine how the caramel blends with them. Yum!