Photo of the Day - Brazilian- Style Rosca

Here I present homemade Brazilian-style Rosca for the Holiday Season. This sweet bread is a common bread that is made by Brazilian families who want to treat their families with a semi-sweet and delicious dessert. I first tried my own Rosca when my Brazilian grandmother-in-law (Vo) baked one for me for my birthday. I remember thinking it was the most delicious sweet bread mainly because of its soft bread texture and subtle sweetness, while imagining the love and care Vo used to prepare the Rosca. If you're interested in making this I will post the recipe below:

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Makes 4 small breads.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

  • 50 gm bakers yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 7 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup hot milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs

Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup hot water and 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • Stir and let thicken

Mix yeast with warm water and 1 cup flour. Leaven approximately 2 hours. In a bowl beat eggs, sugar and salt. Add butter. Whisk with yeast. Gradually add flour. Knead until dough forms a ball, approximately 10 minutes. Cover and let rise in a warm spot approximately 2 hours. Divide dough into 4 pieces which are rolled into tubular shapes, stretched and twisted, each 3 feet long. Fold each piece in half and twist again to shape into a braid. Rest on a greased cookie sheet 1 hour. Bake in 350 F oven for 45 minutes. Brush with glaze while warm.