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portuguese easter bread recipe

Portuguese Easter Bread


A family favourite that everyone will enjoy.

  • Prep Time : 1:35 hours |
  • Cook Time : 45 mins
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The “Sponge”

200ml warm water

20g dry yeast

30g (2 tbsp) caster sugar

100g bread flour

Remaining ingredients

50ml warm water

100g caster sugar

400g bread flour

100g butter, room temperature

4 large eggs


Combine all the ingredients for the ‘sponge’ in a medium bowl and mix well.

Allow to stand for 30 mins until the mixture has risen slightly.

Stir down the ‘sponge’ and add the remaining ingredients. Mix well until the dough is sticky.

Turn onto a flour surface and knead for 5 minutes.

Transfer to a greased bowl and leave for 1 hour to rise.

Pre-heat the oven to 180°c and grease a loaf tin.

Transfer the dough to the loaf tin and place in the oven.

Bake for 40-45 minutes until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.