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Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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Traditionally made on Christmas Eve or during Carnival, filhós (also known as bêilhoses in the Alentejo region) are crisp, delicate fritters made in a variety of styles, often from pumpkin or squash mixed with flour, eggs, and brandy, and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Malasadas, the Azorean version of filhós, are made without pumpkin or squash; they resemble raised, sugared doughnuts, and are another treat whose popularity has spread through Portuguese immigrant communities worldwide.