2 pkg. active dry yeast
¼ cup water, lukewarm
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
½ cup butter or margarine
½ tsp. salt
6 cups flour
4 eggs


Preheat oven to 350˚F.

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk to sugar, butter and salt; stir until butter is melted. Mix cinnamon and flour. Add half the flour to the milk/sugar/butter/salt and mix until smooth. Beat 3 eggs and add them and the yeast to the mixture. Continue to add remaining flour to make soft dough. Remove it from the bowl and place on floured board.

Knead until smooth and satiny (about 15 minutes). Shape into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise until double in size (1 ½ to 2 hours). Brush tops of dough with remaining egg (beaten).

Bake in 350˚F oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.

To purchase your Portuguese baked goods for Christmas, contact the Portuguese Bakery at 296-1222 or visit Café Açoreano at 2 Washington Street, Hamilton.