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2. Portuguese-styled fried doughnuts

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    For Mardi Gras, malasadas, a Portuguese-style fried doughnut, is the breakfast of choice in Guyana.
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By Cynthia Nelson / Tastes Like Home

These Portuguese-style fried doughnuts are meant to be served with homemade syrup (see recipe below).

Guyanese Pancakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Resting of batter: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 39 minutes

Yield: 24 - 30 pieces

2 cups all purpose flour

1 heaped tablespoon granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 heaped teaspoon instant yeast

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

3 eggs, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla essence/extract

3/4 cup warm milk (110 - 115 degrees F)

Oil for deep frying

1. Add flour, sugar, salt, yeast, and cinnamon, if using, to a large bowl and mix thoroughly. 
2. Add eggs and essence/extract to a small bowl and whisk gently (you just want to break up the eggs and get them mixed with the essence).

3. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 and 1/2 hours or until the mixture has more than doubled in quantity. 
4. Add oil to a deep frying pan and heat on medium heat until oil is hot (350 degrees F). 
5. Working with 2 tablespoons, scoop and drop the batter into the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pan. Let fry for 1 minute until nicely browned all over. Remove using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. 
6. Serve warm with a generous drizzle of homemade syrup.

Homemade syrup

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Yield: 1-1/4 cups

2 cups Demerara Sugar (substitute with cane sugar or packed brown sugar)

1 (4-inch) cinnamon stick

1 cup water

1. Add sugar, cinnamon stick and water to a medium sized sauce pot. Turn the heat to medium high and stir to dissolve the sugar.

2. Bring the mixture to a boil then immediately reduce heat to low and let simmer gently for 15-17 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

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