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It's about time that I share my Portuguese Bread Recipe. I love making this for our family and it also makes a great gift. My daughter loved bringing home made Portuguese bread to school for her birthday or if there was something to celebrate. It's nice to bake a few loaves at the time, use one and freeze or give away the rest. There is a Portuguese saying that goes like this: A Portuguese home always has bread ready for every meal or is not a Portuguese home! I never had a recipe to share, I always baked that by sight, but now I finally do and I am delighted to share with you all. So here it goes:
Total Time: 5-10 minutes to mix all the ingredients, then rise until double about 1 hour and bake for about one hour.
Makes 2 loaves (about 12 slices each) if you bake in in pans or one larger loaf like in the picture (my preferred way).
1 Package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
2 cups warm water (110 to 115 F)
2 teaspoons of salt
5-1/2 cups of bread flour if you don't have it then all purpose flour works too.
Mix it all together with your hands until the dough is soft and all connected.
Place it on a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. I put a blanket around it to keep it warm. Punch dough down, turn onto a floured surface and divide in half. Shape each portion into a loaf. Place each loaf seam side down on a greased baking sheet, or pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Turn oven on to 380 degrees. With the back of a knife make four shallow slashes across the top of each loaf. Bake for about 50 minutes or until golden brown. I use a kabob skewer to see if it's cooked. When you insert it, if nothing sticks to it when you pull it out then it's cooked. Remove from pans and let it cool. Or if just one bread remove from flat cooking sheet and let it cool.
PS: If making pizza dough then put one tablespoon of sugar and one tablespoon of olive oil when you mix everything.
When I make pizza, (add 2 cups of pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni on top). I make the same recipe (add the sugar and olive oil) split the dough and make two pizzas or one pizza and one bread, just bake 400 degrees and take out after 20-25 minutes.
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(fun fact, I was a baker when I was single in Portugal)
Happy cooking and Baking!!😄