Portuguese Sweet Bread

Portuguese Sweet Bread Recipe at the Palmer House Inn in Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA.

Portuguese Sweet Bread Recipe

Portuguese Sweet Bread Recipe at the Palmer House Inn in Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA.
Portuguese Sweet Bread Recipe.

Cape Cod has a large Portuguese population. Most of the Portuguese immigrants came to America in the early years of the twentieth century and brought this Portuguese Sweet Bread recipe with them. Because most of them were farmers or fishermen by trade, Cape Cod was the ideal location to settle. The fishing grounds off Cape Cod’s coast are among the richest in the world. The land was inexpensive and abundant. It’s needless to say that these hard working, rugged individualists thrived and continue to thrive in New England.

In the days before air travel produce was brought to the US from Central and South America twelve months a year.  Falmouth became known as the Strawberry Capitol. The berries that these industrious folks grew in their fertile fields were abundant and sweet. The strawberry farmers prospered. Most of them were devout Roman Catholics. As they obtained some measure of wealth they wanted to thank God for their good fortune. The families pooled their resources and built the lovely Saint Anthony’s church in East Falmouth, close to their farms. It was during that time that Falmouth’s Strawberry Festival was started and continues to this day. Originally one of the local high school girls was elected to be the Strawberry Queen and she presided over  parade down Main Street and a Strawberry Shortcake feast under tents on Saint Barnabas church’s lawn.  The queen and the parade are gone but the feast lives on. It is scheduled each year on the 3rd Saturday in June. This year’s festival will be on Saturday June, 17 from 10am – 2pm.

For the above reasons Cape Cod has many wonderful Portuguese foods in our grocery stores, restaurants and bakeries. I have always enjoyed the sweet bread but the recipe below  is by far, my favorite. This recipe came to me from a Portuguese friend who was kind enough to share her grandmother’s secrets.

Just as an aside. When you are planning your visit to the Cape and if you want to experience some authentic local flavor, let me suggest, a lobster sandwich at the Quarterdeck Restaurant on Main Street in Falmouth. The Quarterdeck is just a seven minute walk from the Palmer House Inn and is owned by two local brothers.  Their lobster sandwich consists of the meat from one lobster, with just the right amount of mayonnaise. It’s served between two nice thick slices of toasted Portuguese bread. Now that is the taste of the true Cape Cod.

Portuguese Sweet Bread Recipe Ingredients:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups warm milk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 tablespoons of yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 pinch of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 beaten egg

Directions:

Blend together, using in a large electric mixing bowl, using the paddle attachment; eggs, sugar, melted butter, and shortening.

In a small bowel, mix the yeast into 1/2 cup of warm water plus the pinch of sugar. Add this mixture to the ingredients in the large bowl.

Add salt, all purpose flour and blend for 5 to 10 minutes. The dough will be gloppy and gooey.

Allow the dough to rise 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours until it has doubled in size.

Keeping the dough in the same bowel and stir the dough down and allow it to rise again for 45 minutes to 1/2 hours or until it has doubled in size.

Grease 3 loaf pans.  Separate dough and place 1/3 into each pan.

Allow to rise, 1/3  this time.

Brush the tops with beaten egg.

Bake at 300 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

 


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

While all of our guest rooms have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day exploring the workshops of our Cape Cod craftsmen, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.

Wild Blueberry Soup

Wild Blueberry Soup Recipe

Wild Blueberry Soup Recipe

Marjorie Drucker created this recipe. Marjorie and her husband Paul own the New England Soup Factory restaurants in Boston. When I read about her series of chilled soups, I just had to blend them into our fruit course offerings at the Palmer House Inn. They are smooth, refreshing and so nutritious on a warm Autumn morning.

Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients:

  • 3 pints of fresh blueberries
  • 4 cups cranberry-blueberry juice blend or plain cranberry juice
  • ¾ cups of white wine
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon of orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ cup of packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups of sour cream
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

Wild Blueberry Soup Recipe Directions:

Wild Blueberry Soup Recipe
Wild Blueberry Soup Recipe

In a 6-quart soup pot, place the blueberries, cranberry-blueberry juice, wine, orange juice, zest, cinnamon and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and puree the soup in the pot with a hand-held blender until the ingredients are mixed. With the blender running add the sour cream, one cup at a time. Puree the mixture until it is smooth and season with the salt. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

I enjoy serving the soup in parfait dishes with an edible flower floating on top.

 


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

While all of our guest rooms have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day exploring the cuisine Cape Cod has to offer, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.

Coconutty Raisin Banana Muffin

Coconutty Banana Muffin Recipe

Mimi’s Coconutty Raisin Banana Muffin Recipe

This wonderful recipe was given to us by Mimi Marchant. Mimi works at Osteria la Civetta. Osteria is one of our favorite eateries. Over the years that we have been in Falmouth we have become friends. Mimi is from an old Cape Cod family and she enjoys telling us about how, “Things came to be.”  She loves to cook but lives alone. As a result, she delights in sharing some of her favorite recipes with us because we have the Palmer House inn’s big beautiful kitchen and a house full of folks to enjoy our cooking.  I hope that you enjoy these tasty and healthy muffins as much as we do.

Ingredients:

  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. sliced almonds
  • 1 1/3 cups coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 small bananas (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tsp. firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. salted butter (melted)
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Coconutty Banana Muffin Recipe Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 Degrees

In a medium-sized bowl, mix flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in 1/2 cup almonds, 1 cup coconut and the raisins. Mix in bananas and set aside.

In small bowl beat together egg, milk, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 3 tbsp. butter. Add to flour mixture: mix until moistened.

Spoon into 12 greased muffin pans.

Mix remaining coconut, 2 tbsp. almonds, 2 tbsp. butter, 2  and cinnamon tsp. brown sugar. Sprinkle over each muffin.

Bake for 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center, comes out clean.


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

While all of our guestrooms have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day Cape Cod’s excellent cuisine, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.