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Portuguese sweet bread was a traditional treat in my mother-in-law’s family for generations. Nowadays, you find it in ordinary grocery stores, but not yummy as this version. Thickly sliced, toasted, then spread with real butter is a little bit of heaven. Mace, which is the outer covering of a nutmeg, is the ingredient that gives it a distinctive taste. It is also the dominant spice in old-fashioned plain doughnuts.
- Dissolve butter, sugar, and salt in 1 cup hot milk. Cool to luke-warm. Combine with dissolved yeast.
- Add 5 cups of the flour. Cover and set aside this sponge overnight.
- In the morning, cut down. Shape into two round loaves.
- Grease 8" cake pans and place loaves into them, Let rise another hour.
- Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Cool 5 minutes, then turn out on a rack, brush with melted butter and cover with a towel while cooling.