Portuguese Sweet Bread (Massa Sovada)
This soft, comforting bread is a mainstay among Portuguese bread lovers, especially at Christmas (and Easter, when it encloses a boiled egg). In this country, the round, mahogany-colored loaf often includes subtle hints of both lemon and vanilla. While it's traditionally served plain or with butter, it also makes delicious toast (or French toast). Our version of this bread isn't as sweet nor rich as some; we found that a high ratio of sugar, eggs, and butter to flour slows down the yeast so much that the loaf doesn't rise well. But we're sure you'll enjoy this mildly sweet bread just the same.
Bake35 to 45 mins
Total3 hrs 50 mins