---------- Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.05
 
       Title: Portuguese Sweet Bread
  Categories: Breads, Ethnic
       Yield: 2 Servings
 
       3    Fresh yeast cakes
     1/2 c  Warm water (105 - 115 F)
       1 c  Milk
     1/2 c  (1 stick) butter, cut into
            -pieces
       2 ts Salt
       6    Eggs, room temperature
       1 c  Sugar
       8    To 9 cups sifted all-purpose
            -flour
       2 tb (1/4 stick) butter, melted
 
   Makes 2 loaves
 
   Crumble yeast cakes into large bowl.  Stir in water.  Let mixture stand
   until foamy, about 5 minutes.
 
   Scald milk.  Add butter and salt and stir until butter melts. Cool to
   lukewarm.
 
   Using electric mixer, beat eggs until frothy.  Add sugar and beat until
   creamy, about 3 minutes.  Blend in milk mixture.  Stir into yeast mixture.
   Stir in 7 cups flour 1 cup at a time; dough should be soft and pull away
   from sides of bowl.  Turn dough out onto well-floured surface, sprinkle
   with 1 cup flour and knead until smooth and elastic, adding up to 1 cup
   more flour as necessary to prevent stickiness, about 10 minutes.
 
   Grease large bowl.  Add dough, turning to coat entire surface. Cover and
   let rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.
 
   Punch dough down.  Let rest 10 minutes.  Grease two 9-inch round cake pans.
   Divide dough in half.  Press each half into pan. Cover and let rise in warm
   draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
 
   Preheat oven to 350 F.  Bake until loaves are golden brown and sound hollow
   when tapped on bottom, about 30 minutes.  Brush tops immediately with
   melted butter.  Serve warm.
 
   Bon Appetit
 
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