How To Make Broa (Portuguese Cornbread)
Dark and crusty, this Broa recipe pairs well with a creamy soup. Try this Portuguese cornbread made with cornmeal, flour, and milk in place of wheat bread.
Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Whisk in butter and 2 teaspoons sugar. Add cornmeal and whisk until mixture reaches a thick, sauce-like consistency. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
Sprinkle yeast and a pinch of sugar over warm water. Stir and let stand until yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.
Combine flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixture fitted with the dough hook. Add the yeast mixture and mix on low speed. Slowly pour in the milk mixture. Knead into a slightly dense dough. Remove from the bowl and roll into a ball.
Grease the sides of a bowl or pot with olive oil and add the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.
Punch dough down and roll into 2 boules, or flat-bottomed balls. Place boules on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat. Sprinkle tops with flour and cover with plastic wrap again. Let rise until puffy, about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Fill an oven-proof pot with 4 to 5 cups of water and place on the bottom rack of the preheating oven.
Cut 4 shallow slits into the tops of the puffed bread boules in a cross pattern, 2 parallel lines up and 2 across.
Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Spritz tops with water from a spray bottle.
Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees F and continue baking until crusts are a deep brown, about 20 minutes.
Remove bread from the pan and let cool for 20 minutes.
Serve with a hot bowl of soup and enjoy.
- Calories: 270.45kcal
- Fat: 4.60g
- Saturated Fat: 1.79g
- Trans Fat: 0.07g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 1.76g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.60g
- Carbohydrates: 49.66g
- Fiber: 2.12g
- Sugar: 2.58g
- Protein: 6.62g
- Cholesterol: 6.74mg
- Sodium: 201.88mg
- Calcium: 34.91mg
- Potassium: 113.09mg
- Iron: 2.80mg
- Vitamin A: 27.49µg
- Vitamin C: 0.00mg
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