Freddy and I celebrated the New Year in Idaho. Usually we are on Maui for the Christmas and New Years’ celebrations, but this year we sold our house to a rock star(really!) We haven’t spent time in a cold place in almost 10 years. We had a wonderful time visiting friends, snowshoeing, eating and drinking and just relaxing. Our time on Maui was fun, but we were ready to move on. We will be back to Hawaii because we do love the islands and the the warm tropical atmosphere In fact we did spend time before Christmas on Kauii, The Garden Isle. It is a gorgeous place (although pretty damp) and we loved the solitude and Bali Hai nature. This recipe is one that a Hawaiian friend of my mother’s gave her. It is commercially called Kings Hawaiian bread, but I think that it is really Portuguese Sweet Bread. It is a sweet, yeasty tasting bread that is great with butter or sliced in half for a sandwich.
LELO’S HAWAIIAN SWEET BREAD
Makes about 9 rolls
1/1/2 tablespoons dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water to dissolve yeast
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup warm milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup white sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
1. Dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water with a pinch of sugar.
2. In a large bowl whisk 2 eggs.
3. Mix the warm milk and melted butter with the eggs until blended, then add the sugar and yeast.
4. Gradually add 2 plus cups of flour, blending each completely before adding the next, until the dough becomes the right consistency to knead.
5. After the dough is mixed, place it on a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes. Add more flour if necessary.
6. Put the ball of dough in a buttered bowl and cover with a towel. It will rise and double during a couple of hours.
7. Punch it down, knead again for a few minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
8. Roll the dough into a log and divide it into 9 rolls.
9. Place the rolls on a parchment lined sheet or on a silpat. Let them rest for about 15 minutes before you put them in the oven.
11. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes.