Portuguese Sweet Bread

Total Time
3hrs 40mins
Prep 3 hrs
Cook 40 mins


Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 12 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 (1/4 ounce) packages yeast
  • 12 cup butter
  • 6 eggs, one for brushing on massa before baking
  • 8 -9 cups flour


  1. Sprinkle yeast into 1/2 cup warm water and let activate.
  2. Combine all ingredients and knead well.
  3. Cover with a dry towel and let rise until doubled.
  4. Divide into 3 round loaves and placed in greased round cake pans.
  5. Let rise, brush tops with beaten egg and bake at 350F degrees 30-40 minutes .
Most Helpful

This recipe was tasty and easy to make. The bread is a bit denser than a traditional sweetbread but still very good. I have a few tips for the novice bread maker. After you kneed the ingredients in the bowl kneed and stretch the dough on a floured counter for several minutes. I also allowed my dough to rise for a total of 5.5 hours ( 4 hours in the bowl and an additional 1.5 hours after forming loaves)

MelissaEbb December 06, 2012

On Apr. 2, 2006, I wrote, "This made beautiful bread for me - light, delicate, and above all, fluffy. The recipe is more geared to people who have experience baking bread than to those who don't, but, I feel everything necessary to say is included. I kneaded the dough very thoroughly, until I could stretch out a piece and see through it. I waited until the bread had risen to double the volume before baking. I followed the recipe exactly except for brushing the loaves with an egg wash, rather than butter. It's just beautiful. The yield was three pieces about 790 grams each. I made the loaf in my picture with one, and made buns with the rest. Thank you for posting this recipe.

mianbao June 19, 2012

The bread I made turned out well. However, being Portuguese I can say, this bread was nothing like traditional sweet bread I have had at countless Festas. It was the same texture due to the fact that I added extra yeast, let it rise over night and glazed it with butter as well as egg wash, but it was still not sweet enough. Rather, this bread tasted like the yeast bread that I have had at Logan's Roadhouse (which by the way is awesome but not like Portuguese sweet bread at all).

mac2312 September 17, 2011