Sweet Bread

"This bread is dense and has a great colour, good with stews, meat dishes or with tea or coffee. I got this recipe from a portuguese cookbook. and love making it. Enjoy."
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Ready In:
3hrs 55mins
4 Breads




  • In measuring cup, dissolve 1 tsp. sugar in lukewarm water
  • sprinkle in yeast and let stand for 10 minutes, or until frothy.
  • In large bowl, beat eggs, salt and remaining 3/4 cup sugar for 2 minutes, or until foamy.
  • Stir yeast mixture vigorously with fork and stir into egg mixture.
  • Stir in milk and gradually beat in flour.
  • Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.
  • Return dough to bowl and gradually add butter.
  • Continue kneading until all butter is blended into dough.
  • Place in lightly greased bowl, turning to grease all over.
  • Cover and let rise in draft-free place for 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough; turn out, divide into four portions and form each portion into a ball.
  • Knead each ball for 10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.
  • Cover dough and set aside on well-floured board or counter top for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until dough looks slightly puffy and surface is crusty.
  • Place dough on well greased baking sheet or 9" round pans and bake in 325F oven for 25 minutes, or until golden on top.
  • Turn off heat and leave bread in oven for 10 minutes, or until browned all over.
  • Transfer to wire rack to cool.
  • Place 1 tsp. butter on each loaf and brush to coat top. Blot off excess with paper towels.
  • Makes four 9-inch breads.

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  1. AngelicDevil80
    Mmmm, this bread is very good. Its not overpoweringly sweet, but is great for any time of the day. I like making it and cutting on loaf up and let it get hard overnight. In the AM it makes a wonderful french toast :)
  2. Irish Fraulein
    This was the first bread I made with my new Kitchenaid and it couldn't have been a better one to break it in. Thanks!
  3. kzbhansen
    I made these last night, they are very good. Only thing I found and maybe it was user error <Mine> when I took the loaves from the board and put onto baking sheet they deflated and became flat. I will make this again, I liked it just may have them sit on the cookie sheets to do the 2nd rise and see what happens. Great recipe. Thanks Karen
  4. justcallmejulie
    What beautiful bread! It has been out of the oven for about 15 minutes, and we are already down to 3 loaves. I used my KitchenAid mixer for all but the final 10-minutes of kneading of the individual loaves. I also ended up letting the first rise go twice as long, and it was still fine. Really very gorgeous bread and it tastes fabulous!
  5. thud333
    This is a really great tasting and versitile bread. I have made it a number of times now and have used it for breakfast lunch dinner and dessert.


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