Bolo Lêvedo (Sweet Muffin)

Bolo Lêvedo is a Portuguese sweet muffin typical of the Azores Islands. It is widely popular throughout the Azores as well as New England. The most famous are baked in Furnas, in the island of S. Miguel. Bolos Lêvedos are saucer size thin muffins, golden brown on either side and dusted with some baking flour. It has a delicious lightly sweet taste but the smell is unforgettable. Freshly cooked and toasted with butter, there might be no better pair for the morning coffee. If you want all the works, toast with Azorean grass fed butter and serve with freshly made Porto Formoso green tea. It’s to die for!

*Makes 16 Muffins*
Ingredients:
1 (.25 ounce) packet active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
7.5 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1.5 cups milk

Directions:
1) In a bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water with a pinch of the sugar.
2) Set aside to ferment, about 8-10 minutes.
3) Transfer the yeast mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the sugar, eggs, salt, flour, and milk until the dough becomes a smooth and even consistency.
4) Stir in the melted butter, then turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and knead for about 10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.
5) Cover dough with a cloth and set aside to rise until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes to an hour.
6) Divide dough into about 16 pieces, and shape them into flat round cakes about 1/2 inch thick. Place a cloth on the table and dust it with flour.
7) Arrange the cakes on the cloth, allowing space for rising. Allow them to set for 1.5 hours.
8) Place the cakes in a large ungreased pan, and cook over low heat.
9) Cook the cakes on each side until dark golden brown and place them on a platter once done.
10) Best served while hot but can be stored for 1-2 weeks in a refrigerator to maintain freshness.

11 Comments

  1. Vallerie Oliveira

    I came across this blog via Facebook. Your recipes are easy to follow and my Bolos turned out amazing. So much so my husband asked me to make more! I have followed the Biscoitos recipe and although they taste just like a Biscoito they look more like little cakes and not smooth like we are accustomed to. I am thinking that I may have needed more butter to smoothen out the dough. Love your authentic recipes….keep them coming!

  2. Where Can I Purchase These very tasty looking

    Muffins, I hope somewhere on the Internet ?

  3. Naomi

    Can’t wait to try this recipe, it looks easy enough, except what is “cook at low heat” and for how long? Do you mean a frying pan, then turn it up for the last step?

    • Pbicudo1

      Low heat is one of the lowest heat settings you have on your stove top, but not the lowest, basically between the middle option and the lowest. The length of time needed to cook it can vary, but the indicator of when it is done and ready to flip, is when the bottom is dark golden brown, at which point you must flip and repeat the process, and then they are done and ready to serve. You maintain the same heat throughout the entire process.

  4. Michelle

    So they are not cook in the oven, but on the stove?

    • Pbicudo1

      Indeed! I am sure there are also ways to cook them in the oven as well. Will try it out and report back the results!

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