Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bolo Lêvedo / Portuguese Sweet Muffins ~~ Portuguese Cuisine

After Omani cuisine, am taking you all to Portuguese cuisine for this month's long blogging marathon. As you know, am running Around the world in 30days with alphabets as theme. After O, today we are landing towards to Portuguese cuisine for the letter 'P'.Portuguese cuisine is born from the earth. It is hearty peasant fare full of strong flavours, many charting the culinary history of the country. For instance, the famous dried salt cod or bacalhau changed the course of Portuguese history. When it was discovered that the beautiful white fish caught in the cold Scandinavian waters could be dried and kept for long periods, sailors were able to go on long voyages of discovery to new lands, which then opened up trade routes.Paprika, bay leaves, garlic and wine feature largely in many dishes, olive oil is adored and used to cook both cook food and finish off dishes. Pork is a favourite meat and is used in the famous chourico sausage, which is smoked over wood with heavy aromas of garlic and paprika. Spices in general are popular including piri piri (small fiery chilli peppers), black pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, and saffron. Herbs are also widely used, particularly coriander and parsley.Desserts rely heavily on eggs like crème caramel, rice pudding and the famous custard tarts or pasteis de nata. A selection of cheeses may also be served, with the most common varieties being made from sheep or goat’s milk.

Portuguese Sweet Muffins, Bolo Lêvedo

Bolo Lêvedo is a Portuguese sweet muffin typical of the Azores Islands. It is widely popular throughout the Azores as well as New England.  Bolos Lêvedos are thin muffins, golden brown on both side and dusted with some baking flour. It has a delicious lightly sweet taste but the smell is unforgettable. Freshly cooked and toasted with butter, these muffins are prefect pair for the morning coffee. These muffins are easy to make as they are cooked in stove top, not in oven. Obviously these muffins can be prepared at home very much easily with simple ingredients that too during for morning breakfast. Served with butter, jam or simply with nutella spread, these Bolo Levedos are just awesome.

Bolo Lêvedo / Portuguese Sweet Muffins

Recipe Source: Easy Portuguese Recipes

1+1/4tsp Active dry yeast
2tbsp Luke warm water
3cups All-purpose flour
1/2cup Sugar
2no Eggs
1tbsp Melted butter
1/4tsp Salt
3/4cup Milk


In a bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water with a pinch of the sugar.Set aside to foam for about 8-10 minutes.

Transfer the yeast mixture to a large bowl, stir in the sugar, eggs, salt, flour, and milk ,knead until the dough becomes a smooth.

Stir in the melted butter, then turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and knead for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.

Cover dough with a cloth and set aside to rise until doubled in bulk for an hour.

Divide dough into about 16 pieces, and shape them into flat round cakes about 1/2 inch thick. Place a cloth on the table and dust it with flour.

Arrange the cakes on the cloth, allow it to rise for an hour.

Place the cakes in a large ungreased pan, and cook over low heat.

Cook the cakes on each side until golden.

Served hot, can be stored for 1-2 weeks in a refrigerator.


29 comments:

  1. I would not mind these muffins to start my day.

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  2. looks so good and would love to visit those Islands one day

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  3. would love to visit those islands one day and these look great

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  4. Super cute breakfast muffins! Nice pictures.

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  5. I like these muffins, they have such a lovely color and texture, nice with jam ..good one Priya.

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  6. looks delectable,feel like grabbing one off the screen :)

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  7. Delicious and mouthwatering Portugese recipe. Wonderfully prepared.
    Deepa

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  8. shd be perfect with butter n jam.. yummy muffins

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  9. பிரியா உங்கள தூக்கத்தில் எழுப்பி இத சமைத்து தான்னு சொன்னா கூட உடனே செய்துடுவீங்கன்னு நினைக்கிறேன். இது வரை சமைக்க நீங்க சலித்து கொண்டதே இல்லை , இல்லையா.

    கலக்குங்க...

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  10. I am also coming over with a bottle of jam to have a couple of those yummy muffins...

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  11. Very interesting muffin recipe Priya....I like the texture of the muffin...

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  12. Looks fabulous Priya..yes even I won't mind starting my day with these..

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  13. I can' believe that they were done on griddle. They look so appealing.
    How much time does it take to cook them?

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  14. loved these soft and delicious sweet muffins, perfect for breakfast or brunch...all ur BM recipes are unique, nice choices Priya...Keep Rocking!

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  15. Like scones, these seem perfect with butter and jam. They look lovely.

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  16. @Suma it takes less than 10minutes to get cooked.

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  17. Soft, fluffy and delicious muffins.

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  18. omg super soft and fluffy muffins , they look fabulous aks :) perfect breakfast recipe from Portuguese :)

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  19. Will love these with my tea any day. Great choice .

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  20. these muffins look wonderful with a scone like texture

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  21. Wow! Love the golden colour of these muffins. Looks delicious...

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  22. The muffins look so good and I would love to taste a few :)

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  23. Delicious looking muffins. Lovely choice..

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