This is a recipe that has been handed down for generations in Emeril's family. It is his family's favorite bread to have at Easter, but can be made at any time. This recipe makes five small loaves. It is very hands-on, requiring kneading but it works very well. The prep time is for rising. Note: If making for Easter, you can add a colored Easter egg to the top of each loaf during the final rising. You would need 5 colored Easter eggs, one for each loaf.
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- 1Combine the milk, salt and lard in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Set aside.
- 2In a small bowl combine the yeast, 1 cup of the flour, and 1/2 cup warm water and set aside.
- 3In a large bowl, with a whisk, combine the eggs, sugar and lemon zest and mix thoroughly.
- 4Add the milk mixture, yeast mixture and remaining flour and thoroughly combine.
- 5Set aside to rise, kneading 6 times every half hour.
- 6The bread will take 6 hours to rise.
- 7Prepare 5 round loaf pans with butter or lard.
- 8Divide the batter among the pans - each pan should be half full.
- 9Press the dough evenly in the pan and let it rise again until it reaches the top of the pan.
- 10Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- 11Brush the loaves with beaten egg.
- 12Bake for about 1 hour, until golden brown.
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Nutritional Facts for Emeril Lagasse's Portuguese Sweet Bread
Serving Size: 1 (4906 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 2999.7
- Calories from Fat 623
- Total Fat 69.2 g
- Saturated Fat 26.7 g
- Cholesterol 578.1 mg
- Sodium 739.9 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 518.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 13.1 g
- Sugars 162.0 g
- Protein 70.1 g
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