Folar de Pascoa is a traditional Portuguese bread that is made for the Easter holiday and is unique because of the whole egg that it is baked with. I have so many fond memories of enjoying this delicious holiday bread on Easter morning after it was made fresh by my grandmother. The delicious addition of the egg on top always made it such a unique experience every time and really makes this one of the most signature dishes in Portuguese cultural gastronomy. Try this out for the coming Easter and have a great holiday!
1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon dried yeast
5 1/4 cups plain flour
1 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed
1 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature, coarsely chopped
Olive oil, to brush
1 egg, lightly whisked
1) Combine 1/4 cup of the milk and 1 tablespoon of the sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the yeast. Set aside for 5-10 minutes or until frothy.
2) Combine the flour, fennel seeds and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. Add yeast mixture, butter and remaining milk and sugar. Lightly whisk 3 eggs and add to bowl. Use a wooden spoon to stir until well mixed. Use your hands to bring dough together in the bowl. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface.
3) Knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Brush a large bowl with oil. Place dough in bowl and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 1 hour 45 minutes or until dough doubles in size.
4) Preheat oven to 395°F. Lightly brush a round 8 inch spring-form cake pan with oil. Reserve 1/2 cup of dough. Lightly knead the remaining dough and place in the prepared pan. Gently press remaining whole unpeeled eggs into the dough.
5) Divide the reserved dough into 6 pieces. Roll each piece into a thin 5 inch long rope. Use the ropes to form a cross over each egg. Brush the dough with extra egg. Set aside for 10 minutes to rise a bit.
6) Bake for 40 minutes or until golden and the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Set aside to cool slightly.
7) Serve and enjoy!
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