Portuguese Sweet Bread


Portuguese Sweet Bread

Makes 2 Round Loaves

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 cup whole milk, room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract

grated zest from 2 lemons

6 eggs, room temperature

6 cups bread flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

6 teaspoons instant yeast  or  7 1/2 teaspoons Active yeast


1 egg white beaten with a slash of whole milk

If using instant yeast no need to proof otherwise Active yeast must be proofed.

I used instant yeast.

To proof Active yeast , place yeast in bowl. Heat milk to slightly warm and add to yeast along with the sugar. When yeast has bloomed ready to continue on with recipe.

Place the yeast whether instant or proofed Active into bowl of stand mixer fitted with beater attachment. Add to the bowl with the yeast,  the sugar, sweetened condensed milk. whole milk, vanilla and lemon extracts, lemon zest, and butter. Of course if using Active yeast , the sugar and whole milk are already in the bowl.

Beat this mixture until combined and add eggs one at a time until combined.

Switch out beater attachment for bread hook attachment. With mixer on low speed add the remaining ingredients and beat/knead until smooth. The dough will be slightly sticky.

Place the dough into a greased bowl and allow to rise , covered until doubled in bulk.

Grease two pie tins and set aside.

Once doubled in bulk, punch down dough and divide in half. Shape each half in rounds; add just enough flour to allow you to work with the dough. Place each round in a greased pie tin, cover and allow to rise once more until doubled in bulk.

Once doubled in bulk, lightly brush tops with the egg white/milk mixture.

Place in 325 degree preheated oven . Bake for about 55-60 minutes until done. If thermometer is placed in bottom of bread and reads 200 degrees loaves are finished.

Turn out bread on to a rack to cool, cover with a tea towel as they cool. Once cool, store in airtight container.

Blondina Scherr’s Portuguese Sweet Bread



1 cup milk , scalded

2 packages active dry yeast

1/4 cup lukewarm water

3 eggs, beaten

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 tsp. lemon extract

5-6 cups flour

1 tsp. salt

Scald the milk and set aside. Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water. Beat the eggs, then add the dissolved yeast to them. Add the sugar, melted butter and flavoring. Gradually stir in 5 cups of flour and the salt. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until satin smooth. Add more flour if dough is too sticky but just enough to be able to handle.

Place in a well greased bowl and set covered in a warm place to rise until double in volume. This can take up to 3 hours. Punch dough down and divide into two pieces. Form into smooth rounds and place in buttered pie pans. Cover and allow to rise until doubled. Brush lightly with milk to form a glaze as bread bakes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake the form risen loaves for about 30 minutes or until golden. Remove from pans and cool on wire rack.