Massa Sovada - Portuguese Sweet Bread

Total Time
5hrs 30mins
Prep 5 hrs
Cook 30 mins


  1. In a small bowl dissolve yeast in warm water and allow to proof, about 10 minutes.
  2. Scald milk and stir in sugar, butter and salt. Stir until butter is melted.
  3. Combine cinnamon and flour.
  4. Add half the flour to the milk and mix until smooth.
  5. Beat 3 eggs and add them and the yeast to the mixture. Continue adding flour to make a soft dough.
  6. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and satiny, about 15 minutes.
  7. Knead raisins in at this point, if using.
  8. Shape into a ball and place into a well buttered bowl, turning to cover, and allow to rise until doubled in bulk, 2 1/2 - 3 hours.
  9. Punch dough down and divide in half.
  10. Place in two greased loaf pans and allow to rise until doubled in bulk, 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
  11. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  12. Beat remaining egg. Brush tops of loaves with egg.
  13. Bake for 20 - 30 minutes or until golden and hollow sounding when thumped on the bottom.
  14. Cool on wire racks.
Most Helpful

This is the recipe I have used for many years. It is so yummy. It is easy to make and a treat to eat. It is good for every day type bread and wonderful to give as a gift. It is a favorite of my family.

Regina Oldbury January 02, 2001

This recipe isn't even close to what I grew up making with my grandmother
first you DONOT put raisons
second you are missing a lot of ingredients

portuguesefoodlover September 11, 2012

Thanks for posting this recipe!. I used to make this for my mom years ago and lost the recipe before I had a family of my own to share it with. I made one large round loaf instead of using loaf pans. It was always a hit :)

Jealith December 12, 2011