Bolos de São Gonçalo (Portuguese Doces Fálicos)


Bolos de São Gonçalo (Portuguese Doces Fálicos)

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Course Dessert
Cuisine Portuguese
Servings 10



  • 6-3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 packs yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup water (warm water ideally between 105 and 115°F)
  • 2 tsp salt


  • 1-1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1-1/2 tbsp water


Instructions for the dough:

  • Add 1 cup of warm water ideally between 105 and 115°F to a bowl with a pinch of sugar and yeast. Let the yeast rehydrate and multiply for about 10 minutes.
  • in the bowl that has the yeast add in about half of the flour and a 1/2 cup of sugar. Mix to combine
  • Next, add 2 eggs and 1 cup of warm water and mix to combine. Let this dough set for about 30 minutes in a warm place.(Ideally in an area that's 75 to 85°F)
  • After the dough has proved for 30 minutes add the rest of the flour, 2 teaspoons of salt and 8 tbsp of melted butter. Mix to combine.
  • Knead the dough for 5 minutes.
  • Now for this second proof stage allow the dough to proof for 30 - 60 minutes. (in a warm area ideally 75 to 85°F)
  • Portion the dough about 5-7 ounces balls
  • Roll out the portions of dough into a tube/shaft shape (about 8-9 inches)
    tube shaft
  • With a sharp knife go up about 4 inches on the shaft and cut in in half lengthwise
    cut shaft
  • Take the right and left sides of the 4 inch cut and roll it up into a spiral/ball shape.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 F
  • After you shape all of the portions into penises, put them on a cookie sheet pan and into a 400° oven.

Make an egg wash

  • In a small bowl crack one egg and add 1 tbsp of water. Whisk with a fork for a few seconds to blend.
    Make an egg wash with 1 egg and 1 TBSP of water
  • After the bolos have been baking for 15 minutes. Brush on the egg wash.
  • Bake the bolos for an additional 10 minutes. (a total bake time of about 25 minutes.

For the glaze

  • In a bowl add 1-1/4 cups of powdered sugar, lemon juice, 1-2 tbsps of water, almond extract. Mix together to combine.
    Add 2 12 to 3 cups of powdered sugar 1
  • A little change in the amount of water you add in could make a big difference on the consistency of the glaze, so add a little bit at a time until you reach your desired consistency- I think the consistency of ketchup (pourable and thick is ideal)
    glaze bolo
  • After the bolos have cooled down for about 10 minutes brush them with the glaze
    Pasted Graphic 44


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