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Malassada is a Portuguese fried pastry from the Azores. It is a type of doughnut, made of flattened rounds of yeasted dough, coated with sugar and cinnamon or accompanied with molasses. The name malassada is often used interchangeably with filhós. However, according to the Direção-Geral de Agricultura e Desenvolvimento Rural (DGARD), these two regional pastries are distinct―the Azorean malassada is made during Carnaval, while the filhós of Penedono is made with brandy and olive oil instead of milk and is enjoyed year-round. Another similar pastry from the Central Region is Cascoréis da Guarda.
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