This is truly my all time favourite holiday bread.
Portuguese Sweet Bread is typically called “Massa”
and at Easter time, the addition of brown eggs on top is
referred to as “Folar.” The eggs represent life.
3 3/4 cups Flour1 1/4 TBsp Fresh Yeast or packet yeast
1/4 cup Caster Sugar (Icing Sugar if you can’t get Caster Sugar)
6 TBsp Butter
1 1/4 cups Milk
1 Tsp Aniseed
1 Tsp Cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
2 or 3 hard-boiled eggs (left in their shells) - optional
1 beaten egg for brushing
In a bowl combine the yeast, 1/4 of the flour, a 1/3 of the milk (warmed) and half the sugar. Mix together to form a dough, cover and leave in a warm place for 1/2 hour . In another bowl whisk egg with salt,spices and remaining milk and sugar.
Gradually kneed remaining flour and egg mix into the dough. Then kneed in the butter.
Cover the dough and leave it to rise for about 3 hours in a warm place.
Brush the bread with the beaten egg.
Bake at 425 F until golden brown
Great served as a dessert with a shot of Port wine after a meal. Or serve with tea or coffee.