Portuguese sweet bread

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
3 Yeast; fresh cakes
½ cup Water;warm (105-115~)
1 cup Milk
½ cup Butter; cut into pieces
2 teaspoons Salt
6 Eggs; room temperature
1 cup Sugar
cup All purpose flour; sifted
2 tablespoons Butter; melted

PATTI - VDRJ67A

Crumble yeast cakes into large bowl. Stir in water. Let mixture stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Scald milk. Add butter and salt and stir until butter melts. Cool to lukewarm. Using electric mixer, beat eggs until frothy. Add sugar and beat until creamy, about 3 minutes.

Blend in milk mixture. Stir into yeast mixture. Stir in 7 cups flour 1 cup at a time; dough should be soft and pull away from sides of bowl. Turn dough out onto well-floured surface, sprinkle with 1 cup flour and knead until smooth and elastic, adding up to 1 cup more flour as necessary to prevent stickiness, about 10 minutes. Grease large bowl. Add dough. turning to coat entire surface. Cover and let rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

Punch dough down. Let rest 10 minutes. Grease two 9-inch round cake pans. Divide dough in half. Press each half into pan. Cover and let rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350~. Bake until loaves are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on bottom, about 30 minutes. Brush tops immediately with melted butter. Serve warm. Makes 2 loaves.

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