Melt Butter on Portuguese Sweet Bread
Portuguese Sweet Bread is delicious. Its soft and goes well with melted butter and hot chocolate. Naturally, with any bread its best when fresh straight from the oven. This is a traditional portugese bread originates from Azores, where most of Bermuda's Portugese came from. Traditionally it is used during Christmas and Easter celebrations but you can enjoy this bread whenever you like. When the bread is prepared for Easter dinner an egg is placed on the dough when it is left for its final rise. This, no doubt, is how the Portuguese Sweet Bread became also known as egg bread.
Dissolve tablespoon of sugar in warm water, add yeast and allow mixture to ferment.
In a small saucepan warm milk and butter. In a separate bowl whisk eggs and sugar.
Add milk mixutre to eggs, sugar and yeast. Sift in flour. Dough should be moist. Ensure that your dough is not wet, if so add a bit more flour until the right consistency has been obtained. Knead kough until smooth and not sticky. Place the dough in a bowl and allow to rise. This can take up to 6 hours. Once dough is ready mold it into the shape of your baking pan. Place the dough into the baking pan and let the dough rise again but this time for half the time of the first rise. when the dough is ready you can brush the top with the beaten egg for a golden brown look when cooked.
Bake the dough in a preheated 350°oven for 1 hour.