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Portuguese Sweet Bread Rolls

Portuguese Sweet Bread Rolls – delicious sweet, flaky bread rolls. These rolls are simple to make and they turn out beautiful and delicious.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: Portuguese
Keyword: bread rolls, sweet bread rolls
Servings: 12
Calories: 257kcal


  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • cup warm milk
  • 3 eggs slightly beaten
  • cup sweetened condensed milk
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar packed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 egg for egg wash
  • sesame seeds optional


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  • 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.


Serving: 1roll | Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 254IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg