Portuguese 5-Egg Easter Bread

Total Time:
7 hr 20 min
Prep:
6 hr 20 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
5 loaves of bread

Ingredients
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound lard
  • 3 packages dry yeast
  • 5 pounds flour
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 12 eggs
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • Eggwash
  • 5 eggs for top of each bread, optional
Directions

In a saucepan combine milk, salt and lard and bring to a boil. Set aside.

In a small bowl combine yeast, 1 cup of the flour and 1/2 cup warm water and set aside.

In a large bowl with a whisk combine eggs, sugar and lemon zest and mix thoroughly. Add milk mixture, yeast mixture, and remaining flour and thoroughly combine. Set aside to rise, kneading 6 times every 1/2-hour. Bread will take 6 hours to rise.

Prepare 5 round loaf pans with butter or lard. Divide dough between pans (pans should be half-full). Knead bread and let it rise again until it reaches the top of the pan.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush with beaten egg and bake for 1 hour, until golden brown.

Note: If you choose to add the 5 eggs for Easter, place eggs on top of bread dough during final rising.


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