For the second day of our Mega Marathon, I have baked ‘Broa’ which is the Portuguese corn bread. It is a savory bread unlike the more famous Portuguese bread, ‘Massa Sovada’. Broa comes from the Gothic / Suebian word ‘brauth’ which means bread. Traditionally it was made with yellow cornmeal mixed with wheat or buckwheat flour making it a dense bread. I have used all purpose flour and so it is not as dense.


Country – Portugal

Makes an 8″ bread

Recipe adapted from here


Yellow cornmeal                         1/2 cup

Hot water                                      6 tbsp

Warm milk                                    1/4 cup

All purpose flour                          1 1/4 cup

Instant yeast                                  1 tsp

Olive oil                                          2 tsp

Salt                                                   1 tsp

Honey                                              1 tbsp



  • In a large bowl, mix the cornmeal and hot water
  • Add the milk and set it aside till it becomes lukewarm
  • Then add all the other ingredients – all purpose flour, yeast, olive oil, honey and salt
  • Mix well and knead to form a smooth and slightly sticky dough
  • Transfer it to a well greased bowl and turn it around so that all sides of the dough are greased with the oil
  • Cover and set aside till it doubles in volume, around 1 hour
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute or two
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper
  • Form a ball with the dough and transfer it to the baking tray
  • Set aside for 30-40 minutes till it is very puffy
  • Preheat the oven to 230C
  • Sprinkle cornmeal liberally over the dough and make 3-4 cuts on the dough around 1/4″ deep
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 200C and bake for 15 minutes or till the top is a nice golden brown
  • Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting it into slices
  • Enjoy it with a soup of your choice!



This is my post for the Mega Marathon for the letter ‘B’


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 75

27 thoughts on “Broa

  1. Sowmya now that is a stunning looking bread! wonderfully baked. You are seriously making drool with your breads..can’t wait to read all of your bakes!


  2. That is a very new recipe for me. I have had a major disaster with corn bread and hence I am scared to bake anything with corn meal. This looks like a bread I can try to get over my fear of corn bread.


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