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Sweet Portuguese Easter Bread
This recipe makes 4 generous loaves! So, the serving portion is based on 10 pieces per loaf. It is just a guess. I adapted this from a Dias Family recipe. Their's was much larger, so I had to cut it down!
Prep Time: 02:00
Cook Time: 00:30
1 c warm water
3 t dry yeast
1 1/4 c sugar
3 c milk
1/2 c butter
1/2 c crisco
4 beaten eggs
1 1/4 tsp. salt
12 c flour
4 colored, hard boiled eggs
1Dissolve the yeast and sugar into the warm water. Allow to proof.
2Meanwhile, heat the milk, butter and Crisco in a saucepan.
3Mix the saucepan ingredients into the yeast mixture.
4Add the eggs and salt.
5Mix in the flour, a few cups at a time until it is all added. In a mixer, let mix for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. If you are mixing this by had, knead until smooth and elastic.
6If you used a Bosch, there is no need for 2 risings. Form into 4 round loaves and place in greased cake pans. If you are mixing by hand, allow to rise in the bowl until double and then form loaves. In either case, reserve a little dough to form the crosses over the eggs.
7After the loaves are formed, place a hard boiled egg, (or more around the perimeter, if desired) in the middle of the loaf. Cover with the dough cross, pinching the ends in place on the loaf.
8Allow to rise for 1 1/2 hours, or until double in size. Cover with dish towels to keep a crust from forming on the dough.
9Bake at 325 degrees F for 30 minutes or until well browned.
10Let cool for about 10 minutes before removing from the pans onto a wire rack.
11Yes, the egg is still edible!
My loaves rose very quickly! I am not sure of the exact way to place the egg on the loaf. I feel like mine weren't the same as my SIL's were, but they still tasted really good!
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