Portuguese Easter Bread | Folar de Pascoa #SundaySupper

I just returned from a fabulous trip from Chicago.  I chuckle, because it appears that most of my business trips, morph into friendships that may possibly last a lifetime.  This trip was no different, I sat up later than normal chatting with my new friends into the wee hours.  I loved hearing about their family , their traditions and their love for Chicago Style Pizza.  I adore traditions and couldn’t help but think about my family and all our Portuguese traditions. This time of year, it seems appropriate to share one of my favorite Easter treats.  I loved watching my grandmother and my mother make Portuguese Easter Bread or Folar de Pascoa every year. 

If you are Portuguese, you know that you must have Portuguese Easter Bread or Folar de Pascoa around the family table.  Folar is a sweet Portuguese Bread with a boiled egg in the middle.  It’s interesting because I often wonder why this delicacy is made before Easter.  To me, it would make so much more sense to make after the Holiday when you are trying to figure out what to do with all those leftover eggs.  After all that is how I first came up with my deviled egg bar that I feature every Easter.  But no, that is NOT how the Portuguese do it… so I must follow tradition. 

I love this bread when it comes out of the oven and may love it even more when the bread is toasted at a later date.  I am not sure what everyone does with the hard boiled egg in the middle.  This has never been explained to me by my ancestors.  I realize that this just adds to the problem of having more boiled eggs… but it just wouldn’t be Easter without having a Folar de Pascoa.  Honestly, part of the fun is spending the day in the kitchen with Vo-Vo creating memories that will last a lifetime. 

 

Portuguese Easter Bread | Folar de Pascoa

Portuguese Easter Bread | Folar de Pascoa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 envelopes dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 5 to 6 cups flour
  • 6 hard boiled eggs

Instructions

  1. Combine 1 cup of warm milk, sugar, butter and salt in a large bowl. Stir until most of the butter is melted.
  2. Add beaten eggs.
  3. Sprinkle yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar into the remaining milk.
  4. Stir to dissolve.
  5. Let stand to rise until bubbly and doubled in volume. Approximately 2 to 3 hours.
  6. Add yeast into the butter mixture.
  7. Beat in flour, 1 cup at a time, until a soft dough forms.
  8. Place on a well-floured surface.
  9. Knead 8 to 10 minutes until well mixed and smooth.
  10. Place dough in a large buttered bowl and cover.
  11. Let rise in a warm place, approximately 2 hours or until double in volume.
  12. Punch dough down,and place onto a lightly floured surface.
  13. Divide into 3 parts and make braid.
  14. Place a hard boiled egg in the middle of each round and criss cross the braid on top.
  15. Place on a greased cookie sheet and cover.
  16. Brush bread with beaten egg.
  17. Bake in 350 degree oven about 25 minutes.
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Comments

  1. says

    History of food, of traditions are so interesting to me…Thank you so much for sharing this Portuguese Easter Bread recipe and story, Isabel…I trust the hardboiled eggs are peeled =)

    • says

      Believe it or not…. the hard boiled eggs are not peeled… you peel them after you eat the bread. Great reminder that I should probably add that detail to the recipe.

  2. says

    What a great bread to have for Easter. It’s interesting how we do the traditions and cook the food and sometimes don’t know why certain things are done (like putting the egg in the middle).

  3. says

    This bread looks so good…I love sweet bread! I also love hearing about holiday traditions from other cultures. I am sort of a mutt, so we didn’t grow up with any cultural traditions…unless you count Country Southern :)! I married into some fun customs, though.

  4. says

    I love your family recipe! I love family traditions. I am Italian and we also have an Easter Bread with an egg in the middle. My grandmother told me this was a symbol of rebirth and the origins of life. I am not sure if that translates the same in Portuguese but it could be along the same lines. Thank you for sharing with us.

  5. says

    I love how special Easter breads are part of so many of our family traditions. My mom always had iced rolls for us after Easter Vigil services :) Wonderful loaf with lasting memories…that will continue with your children and their children…

  6. says

    It is so nice to hear that you had a great time in Chicago. I sometimes miss it…

    Such a fantastic tradition – I love traditions and the Portuguese Easter Bread sounds and looks fabulous. So, what do you do with the egg in the middle? Do you eat it?

    Happy Sunday!

  7. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says

    These are the recipes that warm my heart, and make me smile the most! What a beautiful story- and I had no idea on the egg! Thank you for sharing, and I love how you continue to pass on your love of food, family and community to everyone that crosses your path- even in business meetings ;-)

  8. says

    The bread looks delicious! I was just reading about Easter foods the other day, and there are also Italian and Corsican Easter breads made with hard boiled eggs–apparently the eggs symbolize rebirth, but no mention of why they’re baked into the bread (other cultures simply use them for decoration)

  9. says

    I love folar. It’s funny because I didn’t enjoy it much while I lived with my parents, but when I moved out I started loving it. Part of the process of gathering memories of home, I guess. :)

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