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.
- Yield: 1 Loaf 1x
- Category: Baked Goods
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1 1/2 cups white corn flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup boiling water
1 (.25 ounce) envelope 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
You’ll need yeast for this simple recipe! I have a link above to save you from having to search for it if you need to buy some, and if you want to know more about how to use yeast click on this link!
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.
Don’t have time to bake this yourself? You can buy it here from Shop Portuguese!