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. Very interesting bread with cornmeal Sowmya. Totally new bread for me. Looks fluffy inside and crusty outside. Great pick for letter B.

  3. 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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