Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Portuguese Sweet Bread (BBA Challenge)

This week's Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge finds me baking delicious loaves of Portuguese sweet bread. Like the book's author Peter Reinhart, I have always known this bread as Hawaiian bread, but it was actually brought to America by Portuguese immigrants.

This was a relatively easy dough to put together. It starts with a sponge and then gets enriched with generous amounts of sugar, powdered milk, butter, shortening and eggs. I spent a significant amount of time kneading the dough due to the high amount of fat and sugar, but it finally came together and fermented slowly but deliberately.

I used a little less orange and lemon extract than was called for because I really didn't want those flavors to dominate. The result was a subtly flavored and scented bread which toasted beautifully. You know me and my fondness for "egg in a hole," so you'll not be surprised to see that's exactly where this very tasty bread ended up. I'm so predictable.

Next week I'll be baking potato rosemary bread and from what I've read about it from the others who've already made it, it's one of the best breads in the book. I can't wait!

16 comments:

lakegirl said...

This looks delicious! Beautiful color! I can't wait for the Potato Rosemary Bread...two of my favorite things!!!

Moogie said...

Are you done with that book yet? I have to admire your persistent. And perfection every time.

Frieda said...

Beautiful! You have a great description of this bread...I can't wait to make it~

Gina said...

That looks great! In a few months I'll be able to continue the challenge and I can't wait!

susies1955 said...

Awesome. It looks great.
I've got to get back at it. Had this head cold and don't feel like even shopping. :)
Great job,
Susie

June said...

Boy, your bread really has a beautiful texture doesn't it? Fabulous for toasting and now you've got me craving egg in the hole too! Darn!

stephchows said...

totally looking fwd to the rosemary bread!

Sherylyn said...

Yum! I love egg in a hole, but my family calls it Toad in a Hole. I've never seen anyone else make it!

Federica said...

complimenti che meraviglia!

Cathy (breadexperience) said...

Your loaves look delicious! I agree, this bread does make great toast! Although I happen to like all of the flavors. Makes the bread smell and taste wonderful! Mmmmm...

Mags said...

lakegirl: Thanks!

Moogie: 27 down, 16 to go.

Frieda: Thanks...you're going to enjoy it.

Gina: Thanks for commenting!

Susie: Hope you're feeling better and back to baking soon girl!

June: Gotta love that egg in the hole!

Steph: me too!

Sherylyn: Toad in the hole? I like it!

Federica: Thanks for commenting!

Cathy: Thanks!

http://saltandserenity.com said...

I just got home from my yoga class and I'm starving. I opened up my e-mail and staring me in the face is your egg in a hole made with Portugese bread. Yummy! Portugese bread is the next one for me. Hope mine turns out as well as yours!

Mags said...

saltandserenity: You're going to love this bread! Good luck!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

All of your BBA bread amazes me. I need you to come over here and give me some bread lessons! As I write this, I'm attempting to make oatmeal bread with molasses in it. I doubt it will turn out nearly as well as your bread always does, though!

Karen said...

My Portuguese grandmother made sweet bread often, so it's a family favorite! It's such a dense bread that it takes forever to rise, but the wait is worth it!

ap269 said...

Good job. Your egg toast looks so yummy! I was really happy with my result, too. It's definitely among the Top 5.