THE ORIGIN OF THE FAMOUS SWEET BOLA DE BERLIN
The Berlin Ball (Portugal) or Sonho (Brazil) is a traditional cake from German cuisine, whose recipe arrived in Portugal during the Second World War by the hand of Jewish refugees, becoming an immediate success. It is sprinkled with sugar, but while the Berliner is garnished with mainly red sweets (strawberry, raspberry, etc.), the Berliner ball is filled with a yellow sweet called pastry cream, through a side swipe, always being visible. Currently, with the exponential sale of this product, the flavors of the filling have also expanded.
The Berlin balls are fried before being filled with pastry cream. Their German counterparts have a slightly smaller diameter and are usually sprinkled with powdered sugar.
In Portugal, you can find Berlin balls in most pastry shops, which sometimes also have them without filling. They are very consumed on the beaches from north to south of the country during the summer.
In Brazil, they are known as sonho and are also widely consumed in the country. Its commercialization began in the 1920s in bakeries in São Paulo, using leftover bread dough. They are presented stuffed, usually with pastry cream, chocolate or dulce de leche.