Are you up for the challenge?  You know the kind of challenge I am talking about, right?  That one food item that you love but you find it too difficult to try at home.   For me, that means baking, especially baking bread.  But there is this one bread that I crave more often than I care to admit.  That bread is Chorizo Bread | Pao Caseiro com Chourico.  This Portuguese Recipe takes me right back to my childhood with my Avo.  She baked her Chorizo Bread in a brick oven in her Cozinha.   She baked every Saturday morning for the entire week and the house smelled absolutely amazing.   I sat and waited until it came out of the oven so that I could spread butter on it.  It was just the most amazing bread.  We all knew we were in for a treat when she added Chorizo to the bread.  Her kitchen smelled even better and we drooled a little longer in anticipation.

What makes Pao Caseiro so different from traditional white bread, is that it is really crusty on the outside and so soft on the inside.  When Conni from The Foodie Army Wife suggested Food Challenge theme for #SundaySupper, I thought I was up for the challenge.  I bought all the ingredients… and headed right over to Vo-Vo’s house with Reis in tow.  Seriously, why challenge myself to such a difficult task like making Chorizo Bread when I could spend an afternoon in Vo-Vo’s Cozinha? She makes it look too easy and we have so much fun.

Chorizo Bread vo-vo

Remind me to tell you about the Cod Rice she made us for lunch…. mmmm…  We had plenty of time to eat a leisurely lunch since making Pao Caseiro com Chourico is quite a process.  That reminds me why I don’t like baking Pao Caseiro.  You must be very patient, something that I clearly lack.

Chorizo Bread

 

Chorizo Bread | Pao Caseiro com Chourico #SundaySupper

Chorizo Bread | Pao Caseiro com Chourico #SundaySupper

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of Flour
  • small package of yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 small chorizo sliced thin and cut in half (Portuguese or Hard Chorizo, not Mexican)
  • Flour for dusting

Instructions

  1. Place the yeast in a small bowl
  2. Stir half the water
  3. Mix well with your hands until the yeast is dissolved
  4. Stir a handful of flour and knead until it becomes a ball
  5. Cover with a cloth and let stand in warm place for 1 hour
  6. After one house, place the yeast in a large glass or ceramic bowl
  7. Add the remaining water, eggs, salt and a handful of flour
  8. Knead until mixed well and slowly add the remaining flour
  9. If the dough starts to get too hard and dry, add a little more water.
  10. Make a ball with the dough
  11. Cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm place for 2 hours
  12. Sprinkle the counter with flour
  13. Cut the dough in 3 and make balls with the dough
  14. Place the balls on flour and spread with a rolling pin into a rectangle or circle
  15. Spread the chorizo evenly over the dough
  16. Wrap and seal the ends and shape the bread
  17. Place the loaves on a baking tray sprinkled with flour
  18. Make a cross with your hands on top of each loaf (I have no idea why, but Vo-Vo said you have to do this)
  19. Cover the tray with a cloth and let rise 1 hour
  20. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes.
  21. The outside will be very crispy and the inside will be very soft. Serve warm with butter.
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Katy April 28, 2013 at 6:40 am

Mothers (and grandmothers) always know best! It looks like you all had a wonderful time making this bread – and it sounds delicious!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 9:47 am

We really did Katy! Is chorizo popular in the UK?

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Amber @ Mamas Blissful Bites April 28, 2013 at 8:07 am

This bread looks fabulous! I love the family pictures! So beautiful. Nice job Isabel!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 9:47 am

Thanks Amber… I just love watching my mom and Reis in the kitchen.

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Jennifer B April 28, 2013 at 8:13 am

Haha, Isabel, I don’t have patience either! But anything with chorizo and you can guarantee I’ll gobble it down!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 9:46 am

Amen Jennifer!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 28, 2013 at 8:23 am

I don’t have patience either, I tend to rush, especially baking. The bread sounds fabulous and it looks like you had a lot of fun making it!!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 9:46 am

This is one of those recipes… that I have to learn to be patient because it is that good!

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Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite April 28, 2013 at 8:26 am

Oh my goodness I would LOVE this bread, I absolutely love chorizo. Well done on challenging yourself with a bread recipe, and getting the whole family involved.

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 9:46 am

I don’t know how much of a challenge it was for me… I think I challenged my mom and Reis.

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Jennie @themessybakerblog April 28, 2013 at 8:53 am

Chorizo bread? I didn’t know there was such a thing. I’m always craving chorizo con queso, and now I’m going to crave this bread. It looks amazing. Great job!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 9:45 am

Oh my goodness… Jennie if you love chorizo, this is a must try!

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Heather @girlichef April 28, 2013 at 9:10 am

This sounds delicious. I make bread weekly anyway, so as soon as I find some hard chorizo, I’m trying this! (seriously, I’ve never run across hard chorizo around here, and I’ve been looking for years!)

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 9:45 am

Heather… Goya makes good Chorizo for you to try. It should be in the ethnic section in your grocery store.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen April 28, 2013 at 9:19 am

Can´t wait to try this bread Isabel! Absolutely love chorizo. But I think you have the amount of yeast wrong. 8oz??

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 9:44 am

Great catch Paula… I tell you the conversions get me every time. I was looking at my mom’s original recipe with 8 grams but she said she always just uses a small package of yeast… and yeah 8oz is not correct. hahaha we would be bubbling over!

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Conni @FoodieArmyWife April 28, 2013 at 9:20 am

Okay, the bread sounds AMAZING – and there is little in this world better than butter melting on fresh, warm bread. BUT…you said that you, the non-baker, were taking on the challenge….where are the pictures of you baking? *I* think you shirked the challenge! ROFL! Where’s the officials on this call? :P

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 9:43 am

I should be kicked out Conni!

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Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) April 28, 2013 at 9:23 am

At least you had fun making the bread! I hope this doesn’t stop you from trying a few more times. :-)

And I love the fact that Vo Vo insists on the cross…it’s like throwing salt over the shoulder.

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

I know Amy! It cracks me up that you HAVE to have the cross on the bread… just because that’s how it’s done.

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Renee April 28, 2013 at 9:52 am

It is never a fail when you have such a good time in the process. Look at those happy, smiling faces in your photo. That moment is worth more than anything.

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm

You are so right my friend… those moments are priceless.

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Nicole April 28, 2013 at 10:08 am

I cannot even tell you how good Chorizo bread sounds to me. I so adored the photos you shared yesterday and these… just perfect.
We had a bit of a “fail” on our part this week with our recipe, but we learned something in the process…. patience is a virtue, especially when baking. Otherwise everything just goes downhill… and in my case, the cakes slid downhill ;) Your bread still sounds AMAZING!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Nicole… I need to remind myself daily. Patience is a virtue! Indeed.

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Jen @JuanitasCocina April 28, 2013 at 10:15 am

Just gorgeous. I love dough, playing with dough, and making bread! I’m adding this one to my short list!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:18 pm

I hate to admit it but I may be starting to love dough too!

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Soni April 28, 2013 at 10:22 am

Oooh I love Chorizio in anything!I can imagine how delicious the bread must taste :)

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Soni… if you love chorizo, this is the recipe for you!

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Tara April 28, 2013 at 11:01 am

Wow, chorizo bread!! Amazing, I am so glad you were up for the challenge. Can’t wait to try!!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Let me know if you try it Tara!

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BusyWorkingMama April 28, 2013 at 11:02 am

Sounds and looks delicious! I once had a bad mishap with choirizo – mainly b/c I didn’t know how to actually cook it. Lesson learned!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Oh no. Were you using the hard Chorizo or the soft Mexican Chorizo. The hard Chorizo is a little easier to handle.

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Courtney @ Neighborfood April 28, 2013 at 11:16 am

You baked! Hooray! I love all the memories and relationships wrapped up in this loaf of bread. It’s why food is so wonderful–it brings people together!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm

That is so true Courtney. There is something so therapeutic about spending an afternoon in the kids with those we love!

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Carla April 28, 2013 at 11:20 am

Chorizo in bread?! I never would’ve guessed in a million years to do this. I bet this bread tastes amazing.

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Carla, being the baker that you are… you must try it. You will love!

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Bea April 28, 2013 at 11:31 am

Isabel, this sounds fantastic! We love bread and chorizo plus I have all of the ingredients at home. I will give it a try!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and the awesome picture of your Mom working with Reis.

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I can’t wait to see how your girls like the chorizo bread… keep me posted.

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Alaiyo Kiasi April 28, 2013 at 11:48 am

I know baking bread is a chore, and I’ve never had chorizo, but I’m betting that all that work is worth it in the end. Gorgeous bread!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:14 pm

It is….. believe it or not, my grandmother made some with salted cod in it too. I bet you would love it.

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Stacy April 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Oooh, Isabel! I have some Spanish chorizo that is now begging to be this lovely loaf. How wonderful that you and your son live close enough to be able to bake with your mother. What a great day together!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Stacy, I feel truly blessed.

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Diana @GourmetDrizzles April 28, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Mmmm… there is nothing better than the smell of bread baking. And how nice it would be to have a brick oven!!! Thanks for sharing such lovely memories photos and this great recipe!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:13 pm

I always tell my husband that it would be a dream come true to have a brick oven built on our lanai. Others want a fireplace… I just want a brick oven. hahaha

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Anne @ Webicurean April 28, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I’m not much of a baker either. Here’s the thing. I *want* to bake, really, I do … but it always seems like so much work, I often move on to something else. The truth is, once you get the ball rolling, it’s not so bad … in fact, there’s a whole relaxing component to working with dough. Now, a bread filled with chorizo? That may just get me over the hurdle this time!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Anne… you took the words right out of my mouth… it’s the kneading and letting rise… and come back again… I need to learn to be patient. I have to say, this may be the recipe that teaches me that patience.

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Liz April 28, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Your bread sounds fantastic, Isabel. Making this with your mom will be such an excellent memory for Reis.

PS…thanks for your kind words. co

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Thank you Liz… we cherish every minute in Vo-Vo’s cozinha!

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Hezzi-D April 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Great photo! I love when family’s work together. I also am very fond of chorizo and could see myself eating the entire loaf of this bread. YUM!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Heather that is the only problem. It is really hard to just eat one slice… I want the whole loaf!

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The Ninja Baker April 28, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Your descriptions of crusty outsides with soft insides out of a brick oven sparks the imagination with heavenly visions and scents. I love reading about your family history and connections to fabulous foods – like Pao Caseiro com Chourico!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Thank you Kim! Isn’t it just amazing how our love for food comes from memories!

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife April 28, 2013 at 8:05 pm

I’ve never heard of this. But it sounds great! I love that you baked something this week. Love the photos too!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Thanks Angie… I hope I inspired you to try a Portuguese Delicacy.

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The Wimpy Vegetarian April 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Another bread for me to learn how to make! I’m not at all familiar with chorizo bread, but I can tell it would be a huge hit at our house!

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FamilyFoodie April 28, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Susan… I can guarantee it will be a favorite!

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom April 29, 2013 at 2:22 am

That’s so awesome that you can just get in the car and go bake/cook with your mother and son! I love that! Your Chorizo Bread looks fabulous!

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FamilyFoodie April 29, 2013 at 5:39 am

Thanks Alice. We are truly blessed to have grandparents nearby. My children have grown up with great memories.

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Tammi @ Momma's Meals April 29, 2013 at 7:12 am

What a fabulous tradition you are able to share with your son! I am with you I find baking bread as one of those things that I dread trying but want to so badly!! This recipe really makes me want to try it! Happy #SundaySupper!!! :)

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Martin D. Redmond April 29, 2013 at 9:03 am

Sounds like you had a great afternoon! And the bread looks delicious…as the cliche goes…you had me at chorizo!

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Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) April 29, 2013 at 9:11 am

Yum! My stepfamily will be all over this in the summer, especially since they liked the Casatiello!

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere April 29, 2013 at 11:21 am

Chorizo bread sounds fantastic! It looks like you had such a fun afternoon!

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked April 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Isabel, I loooooove baking bread but it definitely is a test of one’s patience. Plus you practically have to devote an entire weekend to it because some recipes take so long (usually waiting for bread to rise, etc). What a wonderful experience to share with your sweet Vovo and Reis. You guys must’ve had a total ball. There are just some dishes that no matter how you make it, it’ll never be the same as mom’s or grandma’s. I’m drooling over this chorizo bread – a thick slather of butter over a piece right from the oven is exactly what’s in order!

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Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons April 29, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I also don’t baked much bread at home….but if it involves chorizo, I may be able to make an exception :) This looks amazing. Love the story you told.

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Sherri @The Well Floured Kitchen April 30, 2013 at 9:33 am

This looks delicious.. My husband is Portuguese and I know he would love it. Thanks for the recipe.

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FamilyFoodie May 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Let me know if you make it for your husband!

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Susan April 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Isabel this bread looks so good! You know I love chorizo, so stuffed inside bread, I just can’t resist it!

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Teresa @Tasting Portugal August 29, 2013 at 2:17 pm

I have never made the Pão com Chouriço using an egg dough, need to try it this recipe asap.
Making bread is so therapeutic!
And you even blessed it, that’s what making the cross means. Did Vo-Vo said any words while doing it? My mother’s used to say something like: “Que Deus te acrescente”.

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FamilyFoodie August 30, 2013 at 9:08 am

Teresa,
Yes, that is exactly what Vo-Vos does!
Love that we can share these stories.

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