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How to make Portuguese buns (papo secos).
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Portuguese Buns (Papo Secos) Recipe

Portuguese Buns (Papo Secos) Recipe

Posted in: Breads / Rolls
Apr 24, 2016
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2 cups of flour 1/4 teaspoon of salt1 teaspoon of instant yeast2 teaspoons of sugar2 tablespoons of vegetable shortening3/4 to 1 cup of warm water

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  1. Combine the flour, salt, yeast, sugar and shortening in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the water and knead to a rough dough (add more water if the dough is too dry).
  3. Knead for about 10 mins until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  4. Cover and place it in a warm place for about 1 hour (until double in bulk).
  5. Remove dough from mixing bowl and knead lightly on a floured counter.
  6. Divide into small 85g balls and let it rest for 15 mins.
  7. Shape the rolls  (roll out each dough slightly and make two folds towards the centre,  twist the ends with your fingers to make a small twisted point.
  8. Cover the dough and put aside for another 45 mins.
  9. Placed the shaped rolls on a lined baking sheet and brush them with milk. 
  10. Bake in preheated oven at 200°C or 390°F for 15-20 minutes (until golden brown).
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