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 Comments Add yours

  1. Always love bakes with Cornmeal.. Broa looks fantastic!!

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Thank you!

  2. Megala says:

    Corn bread, never heard of, thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. Want to try!

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Thank you. Do try it.

  3. I am in love with your bread. To tell you the truth I love breads immensely, and this one looks very everything about it Sowmya. Fantastic.

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Thank you so much Vaishali

  4. Srivalli Jetti says:

    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!

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Thank you Valli!

  5. Pavani says:

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

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Thanks a lot Pavani

  6. Same pinch!! Awesome bread, right, Sowmya. ? We loved it too.

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Amazing one! A recipe for keeps

  7. 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.

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Do try it Sandhya. It is a lovely bread with soup

  8. What a beautiful bread Sowmya – u r indeed a bread looks gorgeeous

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Thanks Pradnya. You made my day 🙂

  9. sweetnams says:

    The crumb looks perfect on this loaf. Simple and quick recipe.

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Thank you

  10. such rustic artisan bread.. very nice.

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Thank you so much

  11. Priya Suresh says:

    Have baked twice this broa and we loved it to the core. Prefectly baked bread. Well done.

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Thanks a lot

  12. ruchi indu says:

    wow, a very different bread with cornmeal. Loved it

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Thank you Ruchi

  13. Your cornmeal bread turned out superb. It looks very rustic and has got that wonderful crust.

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Thanks Sapana

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