The Massa Sovada also known as the Portuguese sweet bread is commonly seen on the dining tables during Easter or Christmas season. With its delectably sweet taste that anyone finds irresistible, the Portuguese sweet bread is now made available all throughout the year. This recipe is so easy that you may want to replace your traditional loaves with this sweet enticement.
In making your Portuguese sweet bread, you need:
- ½ cup butter (kept in room temperature)
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup warm condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 envelopes of dry yeast
- 3 eggs beaten
- 6 cups of all purpose, gluten-free flour
- ½ cup of lukewarm water
To start, mix your milk with sugar, butter and salt in a small container, preferably a saucepan or the bowl of an electric mixer. Make the ingredients evenly mixed by stirring occasionally it until the butter dissolves.
To work on the dry yeast, pour ½ cup of lukewarm water into a bowl together with the yeast and a teaspoon of sugar. Stir it until the mixture is dissolved. If you see a lot of bubbles on the mixture, don’t panic as it just signifies the yeast’s fullness.
While letting your mixtures cool a little, beat eggs until lathered up and try to separate at least 2 tablespoons of eggs for some lavishing on the bread once cooked.
Combine all your mixtures – milk, yeast and eggs together with 6 cups of gluten-free all purpose flour in a large bowl. Knead the dough with a machine or by hands until the batter is smooth. The trick to keep your batter soft and smooth for easy molding is to add some of your remaining flour on the dough.
To get the ideal bulkiness of the dough, apply light amounts of oil or butter all over the dough. You may use a buttered pan to ensure all sides of the dough are buttered evenly. Cover it with a clean plastic wrap to regulate airflow into the batter. Then you must wait until the dough reaches its peak size, usually 100% bigger than when you left it.
Once your dough chunks up in size, you may preheat your oven to 350 degrees while starting to divide your dough either in loaves or small, round buns. You can copy bun styles from your favorite bakery or nearby delicacy shops. Once your loaves or buns are evenly put on greased pans, get your stored beaten eggs and apply light brushings on the loaves or buns. Cover it again with a plastic wrapping and an hour’s wait is usually ideal to get the full rise of the loaves or buns.
Bake it in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve it hot with butter on top and a good cup of coffee or as a special dessert entourage for your family. That makes the perfect treat called the Portuguese sweet bread.