Category Archive: Baked Goods

Portuguese Corn Bread Stuffing – Recheio

One dish that is always on our table is the stuffing. But not just any stuffing… It has a good kick with the Chourico and Hot Red Pepper sauce and you can adjust it to your taste. If you don’t have access to Portuguese chourico you can substitute with another spicy sausage of choice as well as using another hot sauce.
Also, make sure that you’re using bread that is at least 1 to 2 days old. Truly, the older the bread the better.

This is my family recipe for Portuguese Corn Bread Stuffing – Recheio
This recipe came from my aunt Ines. This is the same recipe my mom would make to go with stuffed mackerel or to accompany a roasted chicken or turkey dinner. The only difference when making the poultry recipe was the addition of chicken or turkey liver and giblets to the ingredients.

Ingredients:

1 Portuguese Corn Bread
1 loaf of White Bread
3 eggs
2 cups of Milk or Chicken Broth
1 pound of Chourico cooked and shredded
1-2 tablespoons of Hot Red Pepper Sauce* more or less to your taste
½ teaspoon of Paprika
1 Bunch of Parsley finely chopped
1 medium onion finely chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
Olive Oil

Instructions: 

Cut both breads in to pieces and remove the crust if it’s too hard. Place the pieces of bread in a large bowl and leave aside.

In a small saucepan, place the chourico and enough water to cover, bring to boil and lower to a simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the chourico and remove from casings and shred or chop into small to medium pieces and leave aside. NOTE* Do not get rid of the water used to boil the chourico, please leave aside.

Heat milk or broth until almost at a boil and pour over the bread. Using your hands or a fork mix together and leave aside, letting the bread completely absorb the liquid. Once that’s absorbed, add about half of the liquid of the water used to boil the chourico and let the bread absorb that completely.

In a separate bowl mix and beat together the eggs, shredded Chourico, red pepper sauce, paprika, chopped parsley, salt and pepper to taste and pour over the bread. Using your hands mix everything together and leave aside. It’s up to you how chucking you leave your bread… The more you mix the more the bread will breakdown into smaller pieces.

In a large frying pan, sauté the chopped onion,garlic in olive oil. season with a little salt and cook until onion is translucent and almost caramelized.

Add the bread mixture into the pan and stir together. You want to make sure the egg is well incorporated. At this point you can place the mixture into a buttered baking dish and bake in a 350 F degree oven, uncovered for 30 minutes. If you like your stuffing a little drier you can bake for another 10 min.

Enjoy!!

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Portuguese Corn Bread/Pão de Milho

When the weather gets a little chill…It becomes the perfect weather for baking bread. There is something therapeutic about kneading the dough… and just holding the dough when you know it’s perfect.
I have visions of my mom baking it… the scent of fresh baked bread and the warmth that surrounds it…

This recipe makes 1 loaf

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups white corn flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup boiling water
1 (.25 ounce) envelop package of active dry yeast
1 tablespoon of butter or oil oil
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/4 cup warm water
2 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions: 

In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast and sugar over the lukewarm water. Let stand for 2 or 3 minutes, then stir to dissolve. Set the bowl in a warm, draft-free place for 8 to 10 minutes, or until yeast doubles in volume.

In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup corn flour, salt, and boiling water. Stir vigorously until smooth. Cool mixture to lukewarm. Stir proofed yeast into the cornflour mixture. Gradually add 1/2 cup corn flour and all-purpose flour. Gather the dough into a ball, and place it in a greased bowl. Cover. Set it aside in a warm place for about 30 minutes, or until doubled in bulk.
With a pastry brush, coat the bottom and sides of a 9 inch baking pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter. Turn the dough out into pie pan, and cover. Let it rise in a warm place for another 30 minutes, or until it doubles in bulk again.
Bake in the middle of a preheated 350 degree F oven for 40 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Transfer to a rack to cool.

Enjoy Everyone!!!

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Pudim de Pão / Bread Pudding

I don’t know about you…But I just so happen to have lots of left over bread… so I’ll be making some bread pudding!! Very easy and yummy too

**You can absolutely adjust the ingredients depending on how much bread you have to use…

Ingredients:

2 ¼ cups of whole milk
1 cup of granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
4 Portuguese bread rolls aka Papo Secos at least 2 days old
2 tablespoons of sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven at 350 F
Grease an oven proof baking dish (I used a 9×7 pyrex dish)
Cut the bread into large or big pieces… that’s up to you, and fill the baking dish to the very top…leave aside

In a medium bowl beat together the milk, sugar, vanilla and eggs until creamy.
Pour the creamy mixture slowly over the bread, making sure to stop in-between pours to allow the bread to absorb the liquid.
Once you pour all the mixture, let it rest for about 15 minutes. Also make sure to use your fingers and press down on the bread in ares where it looks a little dry so that the creamy mixture can be absorbed.
Last but not least, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the whole top of the bread and bake in oven fro 45-50 minutes.
Let it cool before serving… Enjoy!!!

 

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