Masa Sovada (Portuguese Sweetbread) Recipe

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Scald milk and add to sugar, butter and salt; stir until butter is melted. Mix cinnamon and flour. Add 1/2 the flour to the milk/sugar/butter/salt, and mix until smooth. Beat 3 eggs and add them and the yeast to the mixture.

Step 3

Continue to add remaining flour to make soft dough. Remove it from the bowl and place on floured board. Knead until smooth and satiny (about 15 mins.). Shape into a ball and place in buttered bowl. Cover and let rise until double in size (2-1/2 to 3 hours).

Step 4

Punch risen dough down and divide it in half. Place in two greased pans (8 inches round). Let rise in warm place until double in size (1-1/2 to 2 hours). Brush tops of dough with remaining egg (beaten).

Step 5

Bake in 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.

NOTES: I have found that if I initially heat up the oven and then turn it off, I put the dough in there to rise and it rises twice as fast.

Also, I don't know if this violates any rules, but I've found that I prefer this bread with raisins added.

Finally, as I mentioned to those who have gotten this recipe already, this bread makes the best toast in the world! (Personal opinion, of course..)


Things You'll Need

  • 1/4c Water (warm for dry;
  • -lukewarm for compressed)
  • 1c Scalded milk
  • 1c Sugar
  • 2ts Cinnamon
  • 1/2c Butter or margarine
  • 1/2ts Of salt
  • 5 1/2 To 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 packages yeast (active
  • -dry or compressed)

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