I love massa sovada! I used to live in an area with a large Portuguese population (about 1/2 hour from where Emeril is from!) and used to get this all the time. Since it takes so long, I can't see myself making this often, but it's great for a once-in-a-while treat. I made 1/5 the recipe to get 1 loaf. Since the recipe gives really difficult amounts, I used 1 cup milk, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 4 tbsp unsalted butter instead of lard, 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast, 4 tbsp flour, plus about 2 1/2 cups flour (I weighed it out), 3 large eggs, 1 cup sugar, 3 tbsp water. I made the glaze as written since I didn't mind having extra glaze. Don't expect a typical dough ball for kneading. This is more like a quick bread batter. I kneaded by using 6 turns of my Kitchen Aid dough hook.