I can’t stop baking lately. There are just so many things I want to make. So I made these Portuguese sweet rolls for the first time. I have the recipe from a friend of mine and I thought I’d give it a try. Making rolls is pretty easy, and so were these rolls. They turned out so beautiful, you almost don’t want to eat them, almost.
This is also the first time I used sweetened condensed milk in bread, and I make lots of sweet type breads. It’s the sweetened condensed milk that give these rolls the sweetness. They are just wonderful, so flaky and fragrant from the lemon zest, I just love them.
As usual, I start out making the yeast mixture. You can use regular active dry yeast, but I still had lots of fresh yeast, so I used that instead. Warm up the 75 ml of milk in a bowl, just so that it’s warm to the touch, you don’t want to boil it. Add the yeast and brown sugar to it and stir it well with a fork. Let the yeast activate, if the yeast is good, the mixture will bubble and rise.
In the meantime add the flour to the bowl of the mixer and add the lemon zest and salt to it.
In another bowl, add the melted butter, eggs, condensed milk, yeast mixture and stir everything together.
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix using the dough hook for about 3 minutes on medium. The dough will be pretty sticky and elastic.
Let the dough rise and double in size in a warm place. I left mine for a coupe hours because we had dinner in between and mine grew quite a bit.
Turn the dough over onto a clean surface, use flour if you need to, but I didn’t really need any extra. The more elastic and sticky the easier it is to work with. Knead the dough a bit and form it into a long roll which you have to cut into 12 pieces. Now you can make just plain round rolls, they will be just as good, but I wanted to get a little fancier so I rolled each piece into a long rope, about 15 inches long. Make a knot with the rope of dough, then take one end that comes from underneath and roll it over and press it in the middle, and the other end fold it under and pinch it in the middle. Repeat with remaining pieces.
Here they are again, so you get a better idea of what they should look like.
Let them sit for a few more minutes, so they rise a bit more, then brush them with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds or sugar. Bake at 350 F degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes and enjoy.