Broa Doce

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This Portuguese sweet bread Codfish cakes is a nuts recipe is totally different because contrary to the usual style of using canned chickpeas this starts off with dried chickpeas. They can be spiced with any combination of spices you enjoy. Preparation time does not include the overnight soak.

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  1. Dissolve yeast in potato water.
  2. Stir in the 3 tablespoons sugar, potatoes and ginger.
  3. Cover; let rise until doubled.
  4. Scald milk.
  5. Add salt and cool to lukewarm.
  6. In small bowl of electric mixer, beat eggs; and gradually beat in the 1¾ cups sugar.
  7. Stir into yeast mixture.
  8. Add butter and mix well.
  9. Stir in 2 cups of the flour, then the milk.
  10. Add 2 more cups of the fl our; beat 5 minutes.
  11. Stir in enough remaining flour to make stiff dough.
  12. Place on lightly floured board and knead in remaining flour until dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  13. Place in greased bowl.
  14. Turning to grease top of dough.
  15. Cover; let rise until dough is doubled.
  16. Grease four 9" x 5" x 3" loaf pans.
  17. Punch down dough and on a lightly floured board, divide into fourths.
  18. Shape each fourth into a loaf; place in prepared pans.
  19. Cover; let rise until doubled.
  20. Preheat electric oven to 325°F.
  21. Bake for 45 minutes or until done.
  22. Notes: use bread pans, and not free form.
  23. Reduce baking time, bread tends to burn.