Hi there, friends! Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite recipes from my childhood: bolos lêvedos. These are soft and fluffy Portuguese muffins that my grandmother used to make for me when I visited her in the Azores. She was born and raised in São Miguel, the largest island of this beautiful archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Bolos lêvedos are made with simple ingredients like yeast, flour, eggs, butter, sugar and milk. They are cooked on a griddle until they have a golden crust and a tender crumb.
They are perfect for any time of the day: you can have them for breakfast with some butter and jam, for lunch with some cheese and ham, or for dinner with some soup or salad. You can even use them to make burgers!
The secret to making bolos lêvedos is to let the dough rise for a long time. My grandmother used to make it in the morning and let it rest until the afternoon.
Then she would shape it into small balls and cook them on a hot griddle. The smell was amazing! I still remember how she would give me one fresh off the pan and tell me stories about her life in the Azores.
I love making bolos lêvedos at home because they remind me of my grandmother and her love for cooking. They are also very easy to make and freeze well. I always have some in my freezer for when I need a quick bite or when I have guests over. They always love them!
So if you want to try something new and delicious, give bolos lêvedos a go! You won’t regret it!
- 4 cups of flour
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1/4 cup of butter
- 0.9 oz of baker’s yeast
- Salt to taste
- In a large bowl, mix 4 cups of flour, 1 cup of milk, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of butter and 0.9 oz of baker’s yeast until you form a dough.
- Add salt and knead well with your hands.
- Let the dough rise in a warm place until it doubles in volume (about two hours).
- Divide the dough into equal portions and shape them into flat balls.
- Cook the cakes in a nonstick skillet over low heat, turning them occasionally until golden.
- You can serve the cakes in different ways, depending on your preference. Some common ways are: hot, with butter or fruit jams; as a base for pizza, hamburgers or sandwiches; with cheese, ham or bacon.
- You can store bolos lêvedos in different ways, depending on how long you want to keep them. Some common ways are: In an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days; in the freezer for up to 3 months; in the refrigerator for up to a week. To reheat them, you can use a toaster, an oven or a skillet.