Portugese Jam Donuts Recipe (Mardi Gras Malasadas)

Having guests means I must treat them to delicious bites, so I decided to make Portuguese malasadas. They’re basically like jam donuts but with a twist – the consistently is somewhat different but I assure you that they’re just as tasty!

What You Will Need

100g Caster Sugar (plus extra for rolling)

2 Tablespoons of warm water

1 Tablespoon of active dry yeast

3 Large eggs

240ml of evaporated milk

30g of unsalted butter, grated

Pinch of salt

500g White bread flour

Vegetable oil for deep frying

Guava jam (or I used raspberry jam)

Malasadas Recipe

delicious dessert recipe portugese jam donuts

1. Mix the sugar and yeast in warm water for 5 minutes until foamy.

2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and add the mixture you did for step 1 as well as the evaporated milk, butter and salt.

3. Mix well then switch to dough hooks and gradually add the flour. Continue until dough is slightly sticky but not too wet.

4.   Wait 1 hour and let the dough rise. Then, on a floured surface, roll out until it is 1 and a half inches thick.

5. Use a biscuit cutter to cut rounds and place on a floured tray. Cover and let them rise another 15 minutes.

6. Heat the oil in a large pan. Put the rounds into the frying pan. Deep fry about 4 or 5 at the same time and ensure that the oil covers them all. The first side needs 3 minutes whilst the second needs 2 minutes max!

deep frying donuts to make portugese jam malasadas

7. Once you’re done frying, roll them in the sugar straight away while they’re still warm and you’re ready to put the jam inside.

8. Use a knife to wiggle a small hole through to the middle, then use a small spoon to inject the jam into the malasadas.

Warning: It’s very difficult to let the donuts cool down before you devour them!

Yes they did taste just as good as they look (if not more so) 😉

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Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.

1 Comment

  • February 19, 2015


    Yum, these look so good!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com