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Sweet Bread Recipe     Veg CD CBF Portuguese 90mins plus proving


Portuguese name: Pao Doce

Makes 2 loaves    Cold Vegetarian  Vegetables Baked Fayre Breads Portugal Europe

1 pkt Active Dry Yeast
60ml/2fl.oz. Warm Water
2 tbsp Sugar
2 heaped tbsp Mashed Potatoes
teasp ground Ginger
60ml/2fl.oz Milk
1 teasp Salt
3 Eggs
200g/7oz Castor Sugar
100g/4oz Butter, melted
450g/1lb White Flour (approx)


1. Place the yeast in a mixing bowl add the warm water and allow to dissolve then stir in the 2 tablespoons sugar, potatoes and ginger, cover and leave for 5 minutes.

2. Place the milk in a saucepan and bring to boiling point. Remove from the heat, add the salt then allow to cool to lukewarm.

3. In separate small bowl, beat the eggs then gradually beat in the castor sugar then add the egg mixture to the yeast mixture together with the melted butter and mix well.

4. Stir in half of the flour, then the milk, mix briefly then add most of the remaining flour and knead for 5 minutes, adding enough extra flour to make a stiff dough.

5. Turn onto a floured work surface and knead for a further 8-10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.

6. Place in a lightly oiled mixing bowl, cover with a damp tea towel or clingfilm and leave to rise for about 1 hour until doubled.

7. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface, knead briefly then divide the mixture into two, shape each into a loaf and place into 2 greased loaf tins. Cover loosely with a damp tea towel or clingfilm and leave to rise for about 45 minutes.

8. Preheat the oven to 170C, 325F, gas Mark 3, uncover the loaves and bake for about 45 minutes.



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Key techniques required to make cake recipes

Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Main equipment required to make this recipe


Mixing Bowl

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Wire Rack


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