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MALASSADAS (Portuguese Doughnuts)

6 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup warm water
6 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, cut up
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons cooking oil
fat for shallow fat frying

In a large bowl, stir together 1/2 cup of the flour, the yeast and
the 2 tbsps. sugar. Add warm water; stir till smooth. Cover; let
rise in warm place about 1 hour or till tripled in volume. In
large mixer bowl beat eggs until fluffy; gradually add the 1 cup
sugar, beating about 5 minutes or till thick and lemon colored.
In a small saucepan heat and stir milk till almost boiling; remove
from heat. Add butter or margarine and salt, stirring till butter
almost melts. Cool to lukewarm (115-120 deg. F). Rub the inside
of a large bowl with some of the cooking oil. Pour in egg mixture.
Stir in yeast and milk mixture. Gradually add the remainng flou,
stirring to combine. Mix thoroughly with hands. Add remaining
oil. Continue kneading the dough in the bowl to work with the oil.
Knead about 5 min. more. Cover with clear plastic wrap, let rise
in warm place 2-3 hrs. Punch dough down. For each doughnut, roll
about 1/4 cup dough out on lightly floured cloth to 5-6 inch circle.
Fry, a few at a time, in shallow hot fat (375 deg. F) about 1-1/2
min. or till brown, turning once. Drain on paper toweling. Roll
in sugar if desired. Makes 2 dozen.


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