A very popular fritta at Carnival time. Sonho is the Portuguese word for Dreams, and these are light and fluffy and delicious.


  • 250 ml Water
  • 100 g Butter
  • 250 ml Milk
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 9 medium Eggs
  • Zest 1 Lemon
  • 300 g Flour
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • Oil for frying
  • Mel de Cana


  1. Place the water, milk, butter, lemon zest, cinnamon and salt in a saucepan and bring to boil. Remove from heat and stir in the flour, bring it together to make a dough, now mix the eggs ONE AT A TIME into the dough bringing it altogether before adding the next egg. once all eggs are mixed in leave the batter mix in the fridge for about an hour.

    Now in a pan heat the oil, you will need about half a saucepan full, get it very hot, you can drop a teaspoon of the batter into the oil, if it bubbles and cooks straight away its hot and ready to cook your sonhos.

    With 2 spoons drop a good spoonful of batter into the oil do this to fill the pan then turn each one over when golden brown, once both sides are golden, remove from oil and place on kitchen paper.

    Let cool and serve with Mel de Cana, sugar and cinnamon or maple syrup.