Portuguese Sweet Bread - Pao Doce

Total Time
4hrs 35mins
Prep 4 hrs
Cook 35 mins

I found this recipe when I was looking for recipes to be posted for ZWT5. It is from the New Betty Crocker International Cookbook. So soft and light!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in milk, 3/4 cup sugar, 3 eggs, salt, margarine or butter, and 3 cups of flour.
  3. Beat until smooth.
  4. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make the dough easy to handle.
  5. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic - about 5 minutes.
  6. Place in a greased bowl and let rise in a warm place until it is double in size - about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  7. Punch down dough and divide in half.
  8. Shape each half into a round slightly flat loaf.
  9. Place each loaf into a well greased round 9" x 1 1/2" pan.
  10. Cover and let rise until double (a/b an hour).
  11. Heat oven to 350°F.
  12. Beat 1 egg and brush over tops of loaves.
  13. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of sugar.
  14. Bake until loaves are golden brown, about 35-45 minutes.


Most Helpful

I added honey, an extra egg and extra flour to offset the added liquid. It came out great and is now my most requested homemade bread. I made garlic butter and herbed butter spreads also

Jealith February 05, 2015

First time I made the sweet bread. Flavor is there as what I had from being up north. The bread did split, but maybe from being too high in the oven excellent flavor and this is a keeper. I did not tweak the recipe.

Dan F. January 20, 2017

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