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Friday, April 29, 2011

Folar da Páscoa (Massa) ~ Portuguese Sweet Bread

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 Flour
1 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 Egg
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.

Take a small piece of dough and roll into lengths, which will be used to hold eggs in place.  Separate dough into two (or leave whole) and plant the eggs on top. Make a cross with the lengths of dough on top of eggs to hold them in 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.



  1. How interesting! I don't like eggs, so I would just eat the bread around them. Bread, I love. I would guess that this is quite a conversation piece at Easter time.

  2. I love this! My grandmother would make something similar to this at Easter time...and for some reason we always called it monkey bread!

    Thank you for sharing :)

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  4. This looks delicious! Have a wonderful weekend,

  5. Oh, that looks sensational! I have a weakness for bread, so I would swoon over such a treat as that!


    THANK YOU so much for coming to my post; your comments about your wand that you received from me just touched me. You know, there is a little magic in what we create when love is the reason, the manner in which we fashion it and give it. Thank you so much. I wish you the happiest of days my friend, and make that faery tale in your world come true. BISOUS, Anita HOOOOOOOOO I LOVE THAT BREAD! MY FAVORITE!

  7. Hi! I have actually never seen anything like this before, but I would love to taste! Thanks for your always sweet comments and enjoy the weekend, friend :) :)

    x Kristin

  8. Celia,

    I wanted to thank you for the card you sent to me. Reading it and reading your "about me" section on your blog have really inspired me. You were correct in your card when you wrote that I have many more chapters left to write.


  9. This looks delicious! I have a weakness for bread, especially sweet bread! Although I kept the other traditions, time didn't allow for me to bake special treats this Easter. I missed doing that. I'm very traditional in that sense. Next year I will need to bake this recipe. Thank you for sharing! xoxo, B

  10. Yummy, yummy.... :)

    OMG I love it so much that I couldn't control myself and ate about 1 1/2...... all over Easter (well they were small) and now I'm on a diet... :-(

    I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog, drop by you might find it interesting and enter, thanks.

    Have a nice weekend.


  11. Gord would love this ... he adores eggs!


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