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Mar 25, 2013 07:44 AM

Portuguese Sweet Bread in the Area?

With the fast advance of Easter this weekend, I was wondering if anyone knew of any bakeries in the Twin Cities area that make this Easter staple? Fairly common on the East Coast but apparently not so much around here. Google has again failed me.

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  1. Alas, Google didn't fail you; it merely reported the truth. As far as I know, there's no Portuguese food for sale in the Twin Cities.

    Oh, how I pine for a pastel de nata (like the ones I've had in Toronto) or a good Pork & Clam dish (tasted once in Winnipeg). There's clearly a need for an enterprising would-be baker or restaurant owner.

    1. I'm not really familiar with Portuguese food, so I'm not sure if you mean something similar (but better quality) to King's Hawaiian bread? I learned it is actually a Portuguese style bread according to the bag. If that is what you seek, there is an excellent recipe for making that style yourself in Peter Reinhart's "The Bread Baker's Apprentice". I have made it myself, and it is not complicated and has easy to find ingredients. I'm sorry this is too late for Easter, but if you are willing/able to bake it yourself, it might help you out. It tasted great to me, but I don't know how authentic it is.