Brazilian Rain Doughnuts

Saturday afternoon, after a bbq with my family (ahhh… how much I enjoy moments like this), it starts that smooth rain outside. We didn’t have to say it twice before all the women hanging out in the kitchen stood up and decided to make what? “Bolinhos de Chuva”, which can be translated as rain doughnuts.

It is one of those recipes that every person has a different version and my grandma used to call it “spoon doughnuts”, just because you drop the dough into the oil with a spoon. They go really well with some tea or coffee (if you like coffee) 😉

Brazilian Rain Doughnuts


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • oil for frying
  • caster sugar and cinnamon to roll the doughnuts


  1. In a bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Add the milk, sugar, salt and beat until well combined. Add the flour  little by little until all mixed. Add the baking powder and mix until you have a smooth dough. The dough will be firm, but still able to drop from a spoon.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium size saucepan. With a spoon, take half spoonful of dough and drop in the oil to fry. Fry until golden brown all over. Remove from the oil and drain it in kitchen paper.
  3. Mix some sugar with cinnamon and roll the doughnuts over. It’s ready to serve.

Yield: about 20 doughnuts