I love fresh bread, I grew up with the smell of fresh baked loaves and pastries, but that was a long time ago. When I started baking, I thought making bread is pretty difficult, that’s why my first one was made by a machine. But again, that one too happened a long time ago. Since then I learned to make it myself and never looked back.
Though I am not a big fan of sweet breads, few days ago I tried this Portuguese recipe and it was amazing. You should definitely give it a try.
As usual, I start out making the yeast mixture. You can use regular active dry or fresh yeast. Warm up the 2.50 oz (75 ml) of milk in a bowl, just so that it’s warm to the touch, you don’t want to boil it. Add the yeast and brown sugar to it and stir it well with a fork. Let the yeast activate, if the yeast is good, the mixture will bubble and rise.
While yeast is doing its thing, pour the flour into the bowl of the mixer, add the lemon zest and salt to it.
In another bowl, add the melted butter, eggs, condensed milk, yeast mixture and stir everything together.
Cool, now pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix using the dough hook for about 3 minutes on medium. The dough will be pretty sticky and elastic.
Let the dough rise in a warm place. After about an hour it should double in size and you can start doing your rolls. Turn it onto a clean surface, you might sprinkle a bit of flour on it if you want, then start kneading it into a long roll that you will eventually cut into 12 pieces.
You can start baking those at this point, but if you want to get creative, roll each piece into a 15 inches (40cm) long rope. Make a knot with the rope of dough, then take one end that comes from underneath and roll it over and press it in the middle, and the other end fold it under and pinch it in the middle. They should end like this.
Let them sit for a few more minutes, so they rise a bit, then brush them with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 350° F / 177° C for about 25 to 30 minutes and enjoy.
- 4 tbsp Butter
- 2.5 oz (75 ml) Milk, warm
- 3 Eggs, slightly beaten
- 5 oz (150 ml) Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 3½ cups Flour, all purpose
- ½ zest Lemon
- 2 tbsp Sugar, brown
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 pack dry (2¼ tsp) or 1.75oz (50g) fresh Yeast
- 1 Egg, for egg wash