Saturday, June 6, 2009

Isabel's Portuguese Sweet Bread

Recipe from Tartelette! The bread tastes really good! I am surprised that such a simple recipe can result in a good bread texture!

It's a very simple recipe and with not much kneading either. Weather here is atrociously hot at 36c! Nothing else i feel like baking or wanna bake since any type of frosting will melt in this type of & humid! So, when i saw Tartelette's site with this recipe, i decided to bake it since it took me a short time to prepare and the proving time also shortened because of weather! Check out her site and she has a sweet story behind this recipe! :)

Isabel's Portuguese Sweet Bread
(recipe by Helen @ Tartelette)

1 package yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
3/4 warm milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Dissolve yeast in warm milk and add the sugar, butter and salt; stir until butter is melted.
Add the eggs, previously beaten slightly.
Add 1/2 the flour to the milk/sugar/butter/salt, and mix until smooth.
Continue to add remaining flour to make soft dough. Remove it from the bowl and place on floured board.
Knead until smooth and satiny (about 15 mins.). Shape into a ball and place in buttered bowl.
Cover and let rise until double in size (2 hours).
Punch risen dough down and divide it in 10 pieces Place in a greased pan (8-9 inches round). Let rise in warm place until double in size (1-1/2 to 2 hours).
Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

NOTE: i did milk wash & sprinkled some brown sugar on top.



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