Homemade Hawaiian Sweet Bread (aka Portuguese Sweet Bread)

Is Hawaiian Sweet Bread part of your holiday tradition? My Auntie Joan, maker of all perfect breads, has added this bread in to their otherwise VERY Dutch tradition and she shared this recipe with me. The store-bought Hawaiian Sweet bread is okay, but homemade is sooooooo much better! If you have a hankering for Portuguese or Hawaiian Sweet Bread, you do NOT need to buy the commercially made bread.

Hawaiian Sweet Bread

With a little bit of time and a little bit of effort you can make your own homemade Sweet Bread!

Auntie Joan tells me that this is perfect for a Christmas Brunch. I can’t share a photo of this bread with you yet because I haven’t made it yet. I DO know  I don’t want to serve guests the stuff I can buy in the deli section of our grocery store because it doesn’t hold a candle to Auntie Joan’s homemade version:
Hawaiian Sweet Bread (also known as Portuguese Sweet bread because they brought it to Hawaii)

  • 1/4 c. instant mashed potatoes
  • 2/3 c. boiling water
  • 1/4 c. nonfat dry milk
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 2 pkg. (2 T.) dry yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup very warm water..I add a pinch of sugar to feed the little guys
  • 4  1/2- 5 c. flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 1/4 t. lemon flavoring

Beat potato flakes into boiling water, stir in sugar, dry milk, and butter. Cool to 110 degrees.
Dissolve yeast,
Add to potato mix: 2 cups flour and beat until smooth.
Stir in eggs, salt, vanilla and lemon flavorings and blend with 1 1/2 cup flour.
Add 1 1/2 cup flour to make a stiff dough, and knead on floured board until satiny and the texture of your earlobe.
Turn over in greased bowl, let rise until double. Punch down, knead briefly and let rest 10 minutes. Divide in half and roll each half into a 30 inch rope. Twist and coil in small pie plate. Let rise, brush with beaten egg.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Every bread that Auntie Joan makes is amazingly good. This one is definitely worth a try and it might be worth expanding the Christmas brunch menu to fit it in!


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