Nancy's 1 Loaf of Portuguese Sweet Bread

Nancy's 1 loaf of Portuguese sweet bread, also known as Massa Sovada, is a traditional and beloved baked treat that originates from Portugal.
Thu, Jul 13, 2023
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  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 and 1/3 cups of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable shortening or lard
  • 1/3 cup of butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (to use 1 tablespoon at a time)


  • 1 teaspoon of all-purpose flour1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup of luke warm water

Egg wash:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of water

Watch the video for directions.

Video Credit: DIYwithnancyg

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Teresa Torres
Teresa Torres - 2 days ago
What size is your pan?

It looks like Nancy used the 10x4 pan.

2 days ago
Teresa Torres
Teresa Torres
Thank you
2 days ago
You’re welcome.
1 day ago
sharon - 11 months ago
How do you print the recipe?
Sharon this is a blog but you can still print it if you open it up on a browser, however if you came to this blog from Facebook, The Facebook app does not support printing from it.
11 months ago