Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Portuguese Cornbread/Broa

Broa, famous corn bread made with yellow or white cornmeal is the daily grain food of Portugal..This corn bread has a crisp, even hard crust and a very soft, fine textured interior..It goes well with soups and stews or when served with butter or olive oil or with cheese..Broa is made with a mixture of cornmeal and wheat or all purpose flour and is leavened with yeast..This yeast bread tastes fantastic and a prefect pair for soups..I tried out this bread yesterday with stone ground yellow cornmeal and all purpose flour which had a rustic flavour and texture..I got 3 round loaves and they vanished within few hours, everyone at home enjoyed with melting cheese or with butter with a bowl of soup..


4cups All purpose flour or Bread flour + flour for dusting
2cups Stone ground yellow cornmeal
2cups Luke warm water
2tbsp Active dry yeast
3tbsp Butter (room temperature)
1+1/2 tsp Salt
1tbsp Sugar

Mix the yeast,sugar and salt in a cup of luke warm water and keep side for 5minutes until the yeast mixture turns foamy.. mix the cornmeal, butter and flour in a large bowl, pour the foamy yeast mixture; luke warm water and knead everything as soft dough..cover with a lid and allow the dough to rise in a warm place for atleast for an hour..punch down the doubled dough, knead slowly the dough dusted with all purpose flour and make 3 or 4 round loaves..arrange the round loaves over a baking sheet, cover the loaves with a towel and let the loaves sit again in a warm place for an hour..


Preheat the oven to 450F and place the loaves in the middle rack and make some slashes over the loaves with a sharp knife, place an another baking tray to hold water on the bottom of baking tray and pour 2cups of tape water..this helps to make the crust crispy, close the oven door immediately and bake for 30minutes or until the crust is nicely browned and firm top..


Allow to cool completely and enjoy!!

41 comments:

  1. Hey Priya, wish you a happy new year...I am looking forward to go through some of your wonderful latest recipes that have been pending in my 'google reader'. The choclate mousse was awesome and I can't wait to try it out.

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  2. wow..perfect looking bread..
    gal..u hv a lot of patience dear..

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  3. Never tried making bread at home as I always was under the misconception that it would be too time consuming.But your recipe seems easy and straight forward.I will definately try it.

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  4. Heard this for the first time. Sounds interesting. I cannot imagine preparing it. :)

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  5. simply superb priya looking so soft I am missing this event so much mmmmmmmmmmmm......

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  6. Wow! Simply complicated cornbread! Awesome!

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  7. bread looks so perfectly made..truly professional, dear!

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  8. Simply superb and perfect dear...

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  9. Hey Priya,
    The bread looks perfect! great clicks too..

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  10. wow...................perfect bread dear.

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  11. Havent heard of this before.......looks nice

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  12. Each an every post of yours deserves a WOW. Fantastic.

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  13. Wow that bread just look so so fluffy and so delicous. Wish i could grab a slice.

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  14. So simple. will try it for sure. love your recipes.

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  15. Bread looks gorgeous...appetizing!!!

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  16. Hey Priya, Happy New Year :).. I see that you have started the new year with a bang!!! Great going, keep it up!!

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  17. Thats an awesome bread Priya,nice shape and texture

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  18. Hi Priya ,Picture looks great .The checks on the top of the bread looks lovely.Never baked bread even once at home .Great work!

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  19. What a perfect picture..looks wonderful..

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  20. Perfect looking bread to be toasted and dipped in hot coffee..I have a few!!!

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  21. Good one.. the bread has come out very well

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  22. Haha before U post another Portu recipe- I should post mine! I ve seen with egg Broa, this look fantastic!

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  23. The bread looks perfect! Happy new year!

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  24. Wonderful bread priya...looks perfect.Will try one day.Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Wow!! The bread ha come out so perfect...lovely.

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  26. Perfectly baked bread..Great job, Priya :-)

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  27. Broa looks great!!! What a perfect shape priya!!!! Got some cornmeal yday will try it this week!!!

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  28. That is just perfect, Priya!

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  29. That's one good looking and appetizing bread Priya. Thank you very much for your entry.

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  30. hi priya, going to try this tomorrow have a doubt, is it neccessary to keep a tray of tap water???? coz i dont think my oven can accomodate 2 trays!!!!!!

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  31. @Priya U can skip that..portuguese ppls prepare this corn bread traditionally as though, but u can definitely skip that part..Hope this helps..

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  32. I definitely thought about making yeast bread when I saw the 5 star foodie makeover theme but didn't think it was doable. Looks great! Need to try this.

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