Brazilian Sweet Bread ” Rosca Doce”



Brazilians love sweet bread!  there are many varieties of this delicious treat and you find them in every bakery around the country. Sweet bread was brought to Brazil by the Portuguese, it is as popular there as it is in Brazil. Great with butter and honey or fruit preserves, it is usually  served at breakfast or in the afternoon accompanied by a cup of bold strong coffee or” café au lait”


  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of butter softened
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated coconut sugar or brown sugar



  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add milk, 1/2 cup sugar,salt, vanilla, eggs, butter and 1/2 cups of flour and whisk all together, it will look like a cake batter.
  2. Then add remaining flour and knead until dough is elastic and easy to handle.
  3. Turn dough onto the counter top and grease the bowl. Set dough back in bowl and turn greased side up. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and place dough in a warm area and let it rise for ate least 1 hour. I like to place mine outside , the warmth of the sun is perfect.
  4. Cover a cookie shit with parchment paper and set aside
  5.  Punch  dough and place it on a lightly floured kitchen counter. Divide dough in half. Then divide each half into three parts. Roll each part into a 16 inches string approximately and braid them. Makes 2 braids. Place them on cookie shit and let them rise for another hour.
  6. Heat oven to 325F. Bake them until  golden brown, approximately 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven, brush bread with water and sprinkle granulated coconut sugar pr brown sugar on top.



Brazilian Cheese Balls

This is fantastic! Little cheese rolls, breads or biscuits but we like to call it “Cheese Balls”. They are very tasty and very popular in Brazil especially in the State of Minas Gerais. They are perfect with coffee, as a snack, party treats , with dinner, anyway you want. They are very easy to make and gluten free. You can never eat just one!



1 Pkg 14 Oz of Tapioca Starch

1 Cup of Milk

1/2 Cup of Vegetable Oil

3 Eggs

8 Oz of shredded Parmesan and Romano Cheese combo.

1Tsp of Salt


1) Pour Tapioca starch in a large Kitchen Aid mixer bowl or in a large ceramic bowl if you do not have a big mixer. Add all ingredients and mix until forms into a ball. If you do not have a mixer mix using your hands and knead for about 5 minutes. The more yo knead the better it is. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in fridge for 30 minutes.

2) Heat oven to 350 F.

3) Take small portions of dough using a tea spoon as a measure, roll them into small balls about 1and 1/2 inches and place them on a cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm with butter and jam, Brie cheese, hummus or just plain and enjoy.