Saturday, May 28, 2011

Broa..... or Portuguese Corn Bread ....

...or, at the very least...a super close second!! That's what I'm calling my third recipe of this yeasted corn bread I've tried since coming back from our Portugal holiday.  How do you like my cute little handpainted souvenir serving plate?
Probably won't taste that wonderful bread again 'til I go back, and even then...'til I find that very same market in the very same town and hopefully the very same person will have baked it!  As if, hey?  A girl can dream........

Meantime.......... I'll definitely continue to slightly tweak this particular far, it is the best one I've tried ( the easiest too for that matter) and I'm convinced it would just need a few tiny changes to be right there!  You know how your taste buds remember things.... mine do anyway.... and I'd really like to replicate that wonderful flavour if possible.
I loved the colour of this loaf.... as yellow as bananas.....whereas some are greyish yellow.... or dull colours....

Maybe for you this could be a great cornbread for a first time effort ....and maybe it will be your new favourite ...

The Portuguese like to eat this bread with their favourite soup,  Caldo Verde, or, green soup.

Check out what Wiki has to say about the soup.  It's basic ingredients:  kale and potatoes.... but, as with all recipes... now has dozens of variations. Lots with their favourite sausage in it too ... Chorico..or Chorizo.  Google it for lots of info and recipes .... it's always amazing to me how many recipes there are for things I've previously never heard of. I've already made several very tasty soups in the Caldo Verde style.

I'll post my own variation of Caldo Verde soon too..... but, for now.... Broa.  Funny how I remember the food words I learned in Portuguese isn't it?  ....  hahhaha.... now how to ask for the bathroom..... oh, yes..just a minute....actually... that seems universal in European countries...just ask for the WC and you will be fine...even if you can't speak a word of the language.

This recipe is from a wonderful breads book given to me by a blogger named a very amazing pay-it-forward that I offered to do on his blog a few years back.  I credit him with getting me started with bread baking.  Thanks so much again Lewis.  I wish you were still blogging.  Miss you and your great recipes and tips.


2   tsp. dry yeast
1/2  plus 2 TBSP lukewarm milk
3/4  cup lukewarm water
1 1/4  cup yellow cornmeal
2 1/4  cup bread flour, sifted  (I just used regular flour, unbleached... )
1 1/2  tsp. salt  (I only used 1 tsp.)
1  TBSP olive oil

Sprinkle the yeast into the milk in a bowl.  Let stand for 5 minutes; stir with a wooden spoon.  Add the water to the milk.  Mix the cornmeal, flour and salt in a large bowl.  Make a well in the center and pour in the dissolved yeast and olive oil.

Mix in the flour to form a firm and moist, but not sticky dough that leaves the sides of the bowl.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.  Knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.  Put the dough in a clean bowl and cover with a dish towel.  Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.  Punch down, then let rest for 10 minutes.

Shape into a round loaf.  (If you have trouble doing this...just Google how to do it...there are several videos to see)   Place on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal (just a very light sprinkling is fine) and cover with a dish towel.  Proof until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Dust the loaf with cornmeal. (I omit this step just falls off later with I am cutting and it is messy).... Bake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes, until golden and hollow sounding when tapped underneath.  Cool on a wire rack.

::: I just used regular flour because I didn't have any bread flour on hand.  Also...I added 3 TBSP of sugar as I was trying to get a slightly sweet taste that I remember a certain loaf having...... still not enough really...but, almost....
Also....I mixed my ingredients in my stand mixer because I am suffering with a rib problem... can't do anything like mixing or kneading at the moment. more thing...I left it a few extra minutes...because I definitely wanted my crust to be darker than golden.  This was perfect for me.

We had it with a great Caldo Verde....I like my dipping breads is YUM toasted.....I sure hope you give it a try.


Catherine said...

I've never had Corn Bread before ~ it sure looks good!
xo Catherine

Mary Ann said...

I have some cornmeal that I bought for making some soft tacos...I think I might use what I have left to make some of this bread. It sounds delicious. The tacos were a recipe given to me by a friend that weren't very good:(

DeeBee L. said...

This bread looks delicious but I agree with you, it is always difficult to recreate a new taste discovered during the holidays. It is similar, equally nice but different because our senses have reajusted to our familiar perceptions.

Martha (MM) said...

Sounds yummy! :-)

Buttons said...

Thanks for the tip on the WC. This looks good I am so hungry after visiting this place. I hope you are feeling better. B

Sandy said...

It looks delicious...and that soup...sounds great..i love kale in at olive garden's tuscano soup...

and that plate...beautiful..

Ms. Becky said...

this looks like it would be delicious, and the soup? I'm on it.
thanks for visiting my blog, I truly appreciate it. Daiseymae's blog is

she hasn't posted in a good long while though, spending most of her free time roaming the woods lately and taking a few summer school classes.... :)

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

This recipe sounds better than any other corn bread one I've read .... must have a try when term ends and I have a bit more time .
And any hearty soup with kale ( or Swiss Chard ) is definitely a winner with us !

DeeBee L. said...

Hello BumbleVee: Thanks for the comments :))
I am so happy that you enjoyed reading my work as above all it is a passion for me. I am a fan of history and think that as for people it is always more rewarding to look into the "small script", there is always a well of information that help you to have a better understanding of people or places.
I have not seen the photos of your hols in portugal. Which post are they on?? (I am not lazy, just overloaded with work at the moment...and worse of all, I have been off internet for 5 weeks :(((
Portugal is a lovely country, superb colours and very welcoming people. I am sure you had a wonderful time. If you or your friends visit France, I am happy to give you tips (in all modesty!)...
Kind regards, DeeBee

Raggy Rat said...

doing some catch up here and just making myself drool :-) happy new year xxxx