Portuguese Sweet Bread

photo by MelissaEbb photo by MelissaEbb
photo by MelissaEbb
photo by mianbao photo by mianbao
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Ready In:
3hrs 40mins
3 loaves


  • 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


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

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  1. MelissaEbb
    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)
  2. mianbao
    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.
  3. mac2312
    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).
  4. Vye367
    I don't make very much bread, and I found this recipe frustrating. I didn't know how to "combine all ingredients" or how long to let it rise. I put it in the over, and then read on another blog that it took 3 hours for it to rise; I only gave it about a half and hour. its in the oven right now, and cracked. I'm sure if i was a more experienced baker I would have know what to do, but I think i messed up this time. UPDATE: so it came out extremely dense, no surprise there, but the flavor was very good. If you are new to baking and want to make this recipe, combine wet ingredients first and then add in the flour slowly. The rising process might take three or more hours, and you should really let it rise twice; before you split it into loaves, and after. Other than that, this would be utterly delicious!
  5. ruibrasil160
    Very good!!!



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