While I was slacking with bread 26 (see here), I wanted to hit the Portuguese Sweet Bread on the run. Peter Reinhart claims the most distinct aspect of this breads, besides the softness and the shape, is the flavour imparted by the powdered milk. So really. Is there anything else you need; a soft, flavourful, well-shaped bread. Sounds like a success in the making.
A quick sponge (60-90mins), is all it takes to start this bread. That’s right, no over night biga, sponge, pooolish, starter. There is no reason not to make this. Once things are bubbling, you add the usual suspects; eggs, fats, sugar, and then a little secret. Lemon and orange extracts. The citrus does wonders, and really shines through in the finished product. Tasty as an everyday bread (toast/sandwiches), I’m going to have to make this again just for french toast.
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