I think about them often and have always wanted to try baking "The Bread". Now, I haven't had much luck with my own Grandmother's bread so I was seriously doubting my bread baking abilities.
After dropping my daughter off at school I quickly got to work. Milk, sugar, yeast, eggs, and flour. Using my Kitchen Aid mixer with the bread kneading blade, I let those sweet ingredients do their thing then put the dough aside for rising. I kept sneaking down from my home office to take a peak at the rising action...It was working! By 5 PM it was ready for the oven. My daughter and I watched as it baked enjoying the delightful smell of the kitchen.
As I pulled it out of the oven, I explained to my daughter the art of Portuguese bread and how I came to love it...she's only four and didn't quite grasp my nostalgia...she just wanted the warm bread with butter...just like me back in High School. We both lavished every bite with smiles on our face and I was left with fond memories.
Portuguese sweet bread (Provence bread or simply sweet bread and the Easter version with eggs is better known as folar) is a bread made with milk, sugar, eggs, yeast and flour and/or honey and sometimes lemon peel to produce a subtly sweet lightly textured loaf or rolls.
It was traditionally made around the Christmas and Easter holidays (sometimes with hard boiled eggs baked into the loaves for the latter holiday) as a round-shaped loaf, but today it is made and available year round.