26 June 2012

Portuguese Food: Pão de Deus

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'Pão de Deus' can literraly be translated as "God's Bread". It's funny because it immediatly reminds me of a portuguese popular expression we have that is 'comer o pão que o diabo amassou' (eating the bread that the devil kneaded) which has the meaning of struggling against problems so I guess we could conclude eating God's bread might be a good thing according to portuguese wisdom! haha
This is a kind of brioche with coconut topping toasted in the oven. It's a national delicacy so you can find it a bakery anywhere in Portugal from North to South. The most popular way to eat it is with a slice of cheese or ham (or both, just like I like it!) and I personally think you can enjoy it anytime of the day but I'd suggest having it for breakfast!
Acho o nome 'pão de Deus' engraçado porque me lembra imediatamente de uma expressão portuguesa popular que é 'comer o pão que o diabo amassou', a qual significa passar dificuldades pelo que se poderia concluir que comer o pão de Deus deve ser uma coisa boa de acordo com a sabedora portuguesa! haha
Este é um tipo de brioche com uma cobertura de coco tostado no forno. É uma especialidade nacionalidade por isso podem encontrá-los em qualquer padaria em Portugal de Norte a Sul. A forma mais popular de os comer é com uma fatia de queijo ou de fiambre (ou ambas, bem como eu gosto!) e pessoalmente penso que podem comê-los em qualquer altura do dia mas recomendo para o pequeno-almoço!

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Ingredients Ingredientes
for the dough: para a massa:
100g milk 100g leite
150g water 150g água
100g sugar 100g açúcar
100g butter 100g manteiga
25g active dry yeast 25g fermento de padeiro
1 pinch of salt 1 pitada de sal
500g 65 type-flour 500g farinha tipo 65
(1 egg to brush the rolls) (1 ovo para pincelar os pães)

for the topping: para a cobertura:
50g grated coconut 50g coco ralado
30g sugar 30g açúcar
2 soup spoons of milk 2 colheres de sopa de leite


Pour flour on the table and make a hole in the center. In the hole put the baker's yeast and the milk and mash with a little flour, making a ball. Allow the dough to rise.
Remove the ball, pour the butter, water and sugar, adding a pinch of salt. Knead everything well by hand until the dough is elastic. Sprinkle with flour if necessary so that the dough is soft.
Place the dough in a bowl, cover with a cloth and place in a temperate place until the dough doubles in volume.
Once the dough has leavened, form balls with it. In the middle of each, and with the aid of a knife, cross-cut the top. Brush with a beaten egg.
Aside mix the coconut, sugar and milk and place a portion of the preparation on top of each ball of dough. Allow to rise for approximately 30 minutes.
Take it to oven preheated to 180°C for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with coconut.
Coloque a farinha sobre a mesa e faça um buraco no centro. No buraco coloque o fermento e amasse com o leite e um pouco de farinha, fazendo uma bola. Deixe levedar.
Retire a bola de fermento, deite a manteiga, a água e o açúcar, adicionando uma pitada de sal. Amasse tudo muito bem à mão até que a massa fique elástica. Polvilhe com farinha caso necessário para que a massa fique macia e mole.
Coloque a massa num alguidar, tape com um pano e coloque num local temperado até a massa dobrar de volume.
Assim que a massa tiver levedado, forme bolas com a mesma. No meio de cada uma, e com a ajuda de uma faca, faça um corte em cruz na parte superior. Pincele com o ovo batido.
À parte misture o coco, o açúcar e o leite e coloque uma porção do preparado em cima de cada bola de massa. Deixe levedar durante cerca de 30 minutos.
Leve ao forno pré-aquecido a 180ºC durante cerca de 20 minutos. Retire do forno e polvilhe com coco ralado.

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Have fun baking and let me know how you find this!
Divirtam-se a cozinhar e digam-me o que acharam!

30 comments:

  1. this looks absolutely delicious!


    xxxwww.ladyalamode.com

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  2. Gosto, mas não consigo comer a parte de cima porque detesto coco xD

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  3. Mmmmm! These look incredible! Thanks for sharing the culture behind them as well!
    -Miranda
    http://paperthoughtsfabricdreams.com

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  4. Tao booom!!




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  5. This looks so good! I might have to try making some!

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  6. what is this because it looks divine!!!

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  7. what is this because it looks divine!!!!!
    xoxo rima
    www.bolubyrima.com

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  8. It looks delicious, I will have to try it!
    Kim x
    http://whatpeggysaid.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. Wow this looks sooo yummy! I'll have to try this sometime! xx


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  10. charlotterigby.blogspot.comWednesday, June 27, 2012 9:51:00 am

    Yum, looks so tasty! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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  11. Looks really good! I'll have to try it sometime!:)

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  12. I've never had bread and coconut together before but this really does sound amazing! I want to go to Portugal now! Danielle / www.DKD-Designs.blogspot.com xx

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  13. haha é pena, eu adoro! mas compreendo, eu por exemplo não consigo comer (mas não consigo mesmo!) PUDIM.

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  14. thanks! you should, let me know how you find them! :)

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  15. thanks, let me know how you find them! ;)

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  16. thank you! if you do, let me know what you think!

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  17. it's amazing, believe me! You should come, I'm a bit biased but I think I live in a beautiful country! :)

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  18. Yum! These look absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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  19. oh it looks super yummy! :)

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  20. This looks delicious! Must try baking it when the weather here cools down!

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  21. haha how I understand you! I hate to turn on the oven when it's too hot!

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