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    Portuguese Sweet Bread

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    2 hrs 15 mins

    1 hrs 30 mins

    45 mins

    Chilicat's Note:

    This makes a lot but cubed and dried leftovers make excellent bread pudding. From an old Hawaiian Electric Company cookbook. Note: save 1/2 cup of the water you boil the potato chunks in to activate the yeast.

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    1. 1
      Dissolve yeast in potato water. Stir in the 3 tablespoons sugar, potatoes, and ginger. Cover; let rise until doubled.
    2. 2
      Scald milk; add salt and cool to lukewarm.
    3. 3
      In small bowl of electric mixer, beat eggs; gradually beat in the 1-3/4 cups sugar. Stir into yeast mixture. Add butter and mix well.
    4. 4
      Stir in 2 cups of the flour, then the milk. Add 2 more cups of the flour; beat 5 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a stiff dough.
    5. 5
      Place on lightly floured board and knead in remaining flour until dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes.
    6. 6
      Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top of dough. Cover; let rise until dough is doubled.
    7. 7
      Grease four 9x5x3-inch loaf pans. Punch down dough and, on a lightly floured board, divide into fourths. Shape each fourth into a loaf; place in prepared pans. Cover; let rise until doubled.
    8. 8
      Preheat oven to 325°F.
    9. 9
      Bake for 45 minutes or until done.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 15, 2010


      I first had this wonderful Holiday Sweet Bread (Pao Doce) from a bakery in Honolulu and this recipe was the one given to me from them. Makes some of the tastiest and long lasting holiday bread and it has become the family holiday bread in my family. I hope everyone gives it a try!!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Portuguese Sweet Bread

    Serving Size: 1 (2160 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1672.6
    Calories from Fat 310
    Total Fat 34.5 g
    Saturated Fat 18.1 g
    Cholesterol 383.5 mg
    Sodium 1611.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 300.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 8.2 g
    Sugars 98.9 g
    Protein 38.8 g

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    potato water

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