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Portuguese Mascarpone Lemon Fried Doughnuts

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To end off the long weekend and unwind I decided to try out these Portuguese Mascarpone Lemon Fried Doughnuts, which were light and yummy.

Fresh warm doughnuts are a tradition in many Portuguese homes especially during the Easter season.

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Yield: Approximately 15 depending on size

Portuguese Mascarpone Lemon Fried Doughnuts

Lemon Fried Doughnuts with lots of sugar added to the top on a blue serving platter

Fresh warm doughnuts are a tradition in many Portuguese homes especially during the Easter season

Prep Time 20 minutes
Rest Time 30 minutes
Frying Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 2 medium-sized eggs
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup of mascarpone cream cheese
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 1/3 cups of flour
  • Oil for frying
  • Granulated sugar for sprinkling


In a bowl, beat the eggs and sugar, add the mascarpone cheese, mix well and add the juice and lemon zest.

Knead again, slowly incorporate the flour and baking powder and knead some more so everything is well incorporated.

Let the dough stand covered with a cloth for half an hour at room temperature.

Heat the oil, put the dough on a pastry board, and separate the dough into pieces of about 1 ounce each, make rolls with your hands lightly floured, cross them at the ends and continue until the dough is finished.

Fry in hot oil, until golden brown.

Drain on kitchen towel.

Sprinkle with granulated sugar while they are still warm.


Source: Traditional Portuguese Recipes

Prepared, tried, and tested owner, Melanie Kramar from The Recipe Hunter: Tried and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs.

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Nutrition Information



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Amount Per Serving Calories 229Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 54mgSodium 154mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 1gSugar 10gProtein 4g

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