By Eddy − On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 4 years ago in Bread Recipes

Julie's Portuguese (Broa) Corn Bread Recipe

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Julie's Portuguese (Broa) Corn Bread Recipe

This is my family favorite Portuguese corn bread (broa / pão de milho), please leave a comment below and tell me what you think.

Preparation timen/a
Cooking Time 30 min
Ready In5 h 5 min
Level of DifficultyEasy
Servings10

Ingredients

Yeast:1 tablespoon of active dry yeast1/4 cup of warm water (between 90 and 112 degrees Fahrenheit)1/2 Tablespoon of all-purpose flourDough:2 cups of finely ground corn flour3 to 3 and 1/4 cups of boiling water, divided1 tablespoon of salt2 cups of all purpose flour
Yeast:1 tablespoon of active dry yeast1/4 cup of warm water (between 90 and 112 degrees Fahrenheit)1/2 Tablespoon of all-purpose flourDough:2 cups of finely ground corn flour3 to 3 and 1/4 cups of boiling water, divided1 tablespoon of salt2 cups of all purpose flour
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Preparation

Yeast:

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix in the 1/2 tablespoon of flour, cover and set aside for 1 hour.

Bread.

  1. Place the corn flour in a large bowl.
  2. Dissolve the salt in 2 1/2 cups of the boiling water.
  3. Add the salted water over the corn flour and, stirring quickly, mix them thoroughly, making sure all flour is moistened (it should look like lumpy mashed potatoes).
  4. Set aside until it is cool enough to handle, about 15 or 20 minutes.
  5. When the corn flour has cooled, gradually mix in the all-purpose flour, the yeast, and an additional 1/4 cup of the remaining water, which should be just warm at this point.
  6. Mix until the dough comes together. 
  7. If the dough seems a little dry, mix in more of the remaining water to make the dough more pliable (use as little of the water as you can).
  8. Knead the dough in the bowl for about 10 minutes, until it feels sticky.
  9. Dust the dough with flour, cover it with a clean dishtowel and set it aside in a warm, draft-free spot to rise until double, about 2 1/2 hours.
  10. Preheat the oven to 260°C or 500°F.
  11. When the dough has doubled, do not punch down.
  12. Divide it into 2 pieces carefully, without deflating the dough.
  13. Swirl some water in another bowl, pour it out and sprinkle some flour in bowl to stick to the sides.
  14. Place one piece of the dough in the bowl and roll it around to shape it into a rough ball.
  15. Empty/invert the bowl over a round cake pan or metal pie plate and repeat with the other dough.
  16. Place the pans in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  17. The bottom should sound hollow when tapped and the outside of the loaf a golden brown color.
  18. Allow it to cool for 20 minutes before cutting.
Recipe & Photo Credit: Julie, facebook.com/JuliasCooking
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N Carreira
N Carreira
Since I do not have a Portuguese grocery or any European grocery near by what can I use to substitute the corn flour from a traditional grocery store
11 months ago, Thursday, June 22, 2023
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Eddy

Cornmeal will do the trick.

11 months ago, Thursday, June 22, 2023
maria
maria
Is the temperature for the oven correct? 260 C= 500 F seems really high
1 year ago, Tuesday, June 20, 2023
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Eddy

Maria, that is correct, it's a little trick to make this bread as good as it is.

1 year ago, Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Linda
Linda
Is it regular white or yellow cornmeal as that is what is used to make cornbread and for coating fish. I have never seen corn flour in a grocery store.
2 years ago, Friday, June 3, 2022
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Marcia
Marcia
Which corn flour? The fine like the white flour Or the thicker flour with the little grinds in it? Thank you
2 years ago, Thursday, February 3, 2022
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