Bolo de Cacao
Bolo de Caco is a delicious bread unique to Madeira seen in Season two. It is typically cooked on a caco (flat basalt stone slab) and eaten with any meat, fish, or just simply butter. Bolo de Caco is made with sweet potato, but New Bedford’s Madeira festival is some of the only ones in the world made without sweet potato. Since the Madeira festival’s recipe is private, here is a typical recipe you can use
4 cups bread flour
1 1/4 cup warm water 1/2 cup sweet potatoes 2 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp yeast
1 pinch sugar
Begin by bringing a pot of water to a boil. Peel and cook your sweet potatoes until tender. Let the sweet potatoes come to room temperature. Mash the sweet potatoes to form a smooth consistency and add in your sugar and yeast. Leave aside for at least 5 minutes. After the five minutes, you can add in your flour and mix together. Mix until all the flour is evenly distributed and until the dough has become a sticky consistency, or “shaggy dough”. Cover the dough with a plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and set aside for 1 hour.
After it has risen, stretch the dough and work in the salt. Fold the dough over itself until the salt has been integrated, or about 10 times. Cover the dough once more, and set aside for 2 hours. After it has rested, you want to stretch and fold it 10 more times. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes. You want to repeat this process 4 total times.