Unless you are Korea, you can find some sort of bread in every country, which is the beauty of it. They will have different meats, different vegetables or different spices, but they will have bread (unless you are Korea, that is). The fact that bread also is something that has a way bigger change that Nico will actually also at least try it, is a nice side effect, lol.
So for Portugal we decided to give the Pão Doce a try, the surprisingly well-known sweet bread (which actually is the translation of the bread’s name) of Portugal (which also seems to be very popular in Hawaii and parts of the USA), even though it was obviously completely unknown to us. Food.com had one recipe for Pão Doce that looked equally interesting and tasty, so we decided to give it a go!
Before we dug into the ingredients, we decided to get into a Portugal mood. Unfortunately our library had a grand total of zero children’s books on the country, so we went to Youtube and found a few interesting videos. The first one was an excerpt from a DVD to learn European Portuguese and the second one giving “10 Reasons to Visit Portugal”. There is a third one, a whole playlist that we found, giving us the “Portuguese Language & Culture Full Series”, which we did not watch, because it was a bit too old for Nico and also too long, but it is a great resource for anybody wanting to learn more about Portugal!
Since there was a lot of pouring involved, Nico was right there, with the yeast and the water, the milk (no, not the eggs yet), the sugar, the salt (no Nico, not the eggs yet), the butter and – yes, the eggs! – followed by the flour. He deserted us pretty quickly when it came to the stirring of things, but overall we had to add two more quarter cups and one eighth of a cup of flour to get the dough into a nice ball.
After this we let it rest for 1 1/2 hours and for a change it did rise nicely. Then where the recipe calls for “punching the dough”, Nico took it very seriously and gave it a good beating before we divided it in half…
When they were in the oven it started to smell really good already and when they came out and we cut one open - mmmmmh, suddenly memories of my grandma making brioche when I was a child came flooding back… The Pão Doce is a little less dense and airy (I know, doesn’t make a lot of sense, you have to taste it to understand), but a bit more crumbly, the taste, though, is great. Not too sweet and the sugar on top is just the “icing” on the cake, so to say (again something that reminds me of my childhood)…
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