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Brazilian doughnuts (Bolinho de chuva)

Bolinho de chuva is traditional all over Brazil. It is served for breakfast or tea time. The recipe below is for the sweet version. You can also make a salty bolinho de chuva by replacing the sugar with one teaspoon of salt and some chopped green onions.

Either way, sweet or salty they are delicious. When you deep fry them they get some crunchy peaks that are fun to eat. Bolinho de chuva means “donut of rain”. And they are best when fresh. So, if you want them for breakfast, prepare them in the same day, they are easy to do. You can have your Brazilian donuts done in about 30 minutes.

Brazilian doughnuts (Bolinho de chuva)

Brazilian doughnuts (Bolinho de chuva)


1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup corn starch

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup milk

2 eggs

4 tbs granulated sugar

Pinch of salt

Oil to deep fry or shortening.

Sugar with cinnamon to sprinkle over.


In a large bowl, mix in the eggs, sugar and pinch of salt. While mixing with a wood spoon add the flour, corn starch, baking powder and milk until you get a batter similar to cake batter.

Preheat the fryer to 350 degrees F, using two table spoons, take a spoon of batter and scrape off the batter into the fryer using the second spoon. Fry about six doughnuts each time until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes, flipping just once for overall browning. (The doughnut will flip by itself). Remove the doughnuts from the oil and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar with cinnamon and serve.

Hint: The fryer temperature is very important. If it is too hot, the doughnuts will burn outside and be doughy inside.


Makes about 25 doughnut balls. Kids will love it.

kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years 13 weeks
YUMMY! These are the times I wish I had a deep fryer but very glad I do not.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 7 years 38 weeks
Those look sooo good. Because Girls like horror too!
Iveenia Iveenia 7 years 38 weeks
wow - we do not have these things here... :(
LaylaCams LaylaCams 7 years 38 weeks
Oh I've had these! Ooh goodness they are yummyyyyyyyyyyy.
sofi sofi 7 years 38 weeks
Yummy. These remind me of Greek loukoumades that are like little doughnuts we fry and sprinkle with honey and cinnamon. I should get a recipe from my mom. So hungry now. :drool:
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 7 years 38 weeks
ooooh I want these bolas!!! _________________________ Up to my ass in alligators Let’s get it on with alligator haters Did what you did-did what you said What’s the point yo what’s the spread
mcollazo mcollazo 7 years 38 weeks
I am definitely going to try this recipe.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 7 years 38 weeks
Mmmmmm doughnuts! :drool: Sucks that I'm scared of deep-frying things since the accident with my brother.
QueenMargot QueenMargot 7 years 38 weeks
This sounds delicious!! I'm going to try them.