Broas de Mel

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Broas de Mel

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6 and 3/4 cups Flour
2 and 3/4 cups Sugar
2 Eggs
3/4 cup sugarcane honey molasses
1/4 cup Ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons ground nutmeg
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 lemon lemon zest

1/3 cup Butter
1/3 cup lard or butter
almonds optional
  • Medium




This small cookie, originally from Madeira, is immensely popular at Christmas time. The classic recipe uses sugar cane honey, which is prevalent in many Madeiran desserts. Broas de mel are made with flour, salt, yellow sugar, yeast, and cinnamon, mixed with warm oil and honey.

How to Make Madeira Broas de Mel:

  1. Mix all the ingredients except the eggs and cane sugar.
  2. Once mixed, make a hole in the middle and add the eggs and the molasses.
  3. Knead the dough again and again until it becomes smooth and no longer sticks to the bowl.
  4. Leave in the fridge for 24 hours.
  5. Roll the dough into balls.
  6. Place the balls on trays with non-stick paper (place an almond on the cookie ball as a finishing touch, optional).
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 150ºC or 300ºF for 30 minutes.

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