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Portuguese Sweet Bread IV Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Portuguese Sweet Bread IV

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"This is an original recipe for Massa Savada. It's from my Portuguese Grandmother 'Vova' who was from Sao Miguel in the Azores. This recipe is very large; you may want to divide it in half."

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Original recipe makes 6 - 9x5 inch loaves Change Servings
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Directions

  1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles. Mix in the butter and shortening; stir until melted. Place sugar in a very large bowl, pour milk over sugar and stir until sugar dissolves. Let cool until lukewarm. In a small bowl, stir yeast into warm water.
  2. Stir 12 eggs and yeast mixture into milk and sugar; beat well. Pour all of the flour into the milk/eggs/sugar mixture; stir well to combine. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic; about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Deflate dough and let rise again until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  3. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into six equal pieces and form into loaves. Place the loaves into lightly greased 9x5 inch loaf pans. Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  4. In a small bowl, beat together 1 egg and 2 tablespoons water and brush on the risen loaves. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until bottom of loaves sound hollow when tapped.
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  • PREP 10 mins
  • COOK 25 mins
  • READY IN 35 mins
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Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 21, 2004

This is a very good sweet bread! Contrary to the earlier reviewers' negative comments, I think this type of sweetbread is supposed to be rather dense, which is exactly the appeal. If you bake all 6 at the same time, however, increase bake time to 45-50 minutes at sea level, and rotate the pans between shelves halfway through to avoid burning the inside crust. Also, while I, too, found that the dough didn't rise nearly as much as expected, it did rise to a perfect level during baking. Hang with this recipe and you'll get a perfectly delicious sweet bread!!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 14, 2003

There must be amisprint on this recipe, it never stiffened up, I could have poured it into the pans. I have made this before so I know what to expect and this was not it.

 

17 Ratings

Jul 07, 2010

I have been making Portuguese sweet bread for 30 years and was looking for a recepie that was less dense. This one got a 5 for flavor and texture but a 3 for instructions. It took far longer to rise and cook than indicated. The full recipe is not for whimps...it is a LOT of dough to handle. I put some in mini loaf pans to give away...big hit! This will be my go-to recipe.

 
Jun 11, 2008

Don't complain. Look at the recipe -- sugar and eggs at that amount slow down the rise time. You can either let it rise longer or add a tbsp of yeast to the ingredients. You'll have a lighter loaf. Otherwise, if you like denser, give it some time to rise. Overall, excellent recipe for such a very sweet bread.

 
Apr 14, 2003

excellent !!!!

 
Jun 28, 2010

I LOVED THIS! I made this bread for my high school grad party, and this was the main attraction!! This recipe made 6 loaves, and in less than 24 hours, all the loaves were gone. I read that people who reviewed had trouble getting the dough to rise, so I decided to add one extra package of yeast. The results were wonderful! This is an easy recipe and great for parties. I HIGHLY recommend this.

 
Apr 09, 2003

I don't know if yeast I used was just bad, but I made this recipe for Easter, and the dough never rose. The bread ended up being more like a loaf cake or a spice cake/bread consistancy. I wouldn't recommend using this recipe if you want a fluffy sweet bread.

 
Dec 22, 2010

Had trouble getting to rise the first time. Used Rapid rise the second time and it worked wonderful

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 209 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35.7 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 46 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 5.4 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 4.5 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 36 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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