Portuguese Muffins – Bolo Levedo

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These are tasty English muffin-like breads from Titia Teolinda in St Micheal, the Azores. They’re baked on a griddle, like pancakes.


  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup melted butter, cooled
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups milk


In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water with a pinch of the sugar. Set aside to ferment, about 10 minutes.

Transfer the yeast mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the sugar, eggs, salt, flour, and milk until the dough comes together. Stir in the melted butter, then turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and knead for about 10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Cover dough with a cloth and set aside to rise until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.

Divide dough into about 15 to 20 pieces, and shape them into flat round cakes about 1/2 inch thick. Place a cloth on the table and dust it with flour. Arrange the cakes on the cloth, allowing space for rising. Allow them to set for 1 1/2 hours.

Place the cakes in a heavy ungreased skillet, and cook over low heat. Fry the cakes on each side until golden.

Preparation time: 30 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 3 hrs
Servings: 15 – Yield: 15 cakes



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