Homemade Portuguese Rolls


  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 package dry active yeast
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon shortening like Crisco
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon flour to cover


  • Dissolve the yeast in a bowl with the 1/2 cup of the lukewarm water and 2 teaspoons sugar. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup flour to the bowl and mix well. Cover with a cloth and let it sit for about an hour until it has doubled in size.
  • Once ready, remove the cloth and add in your remaining ingredients. Mix well.
  • Flour the surface of a pan and knead the dough on top until it reaches a smooth and even consistency.
  • Place in a bowl to let rise for about an hour.
  • Once done, break off 10 to 12 portions of dough.
  • On a floured surface, roll each portion into a smooth ball. Press down on the dough pieces with your hands and twist the opposite ends of each side of the rolls in order to maintain their shape.
  • Sprinkle them with a tablespoon of flour.
  • Cover the pieces of dough and let them sit in a warm, dry place for about 45 minutes to completely finish rising.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 475 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Place the rolls crease up on a lightly greased and floured baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until the bread rolls are golden brown.
  • Once done, remove from the oven and let them cool for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Serve while hot or place them in a plastic bag to save for later.

Source: Easy Portuguese Recipes

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