Created for Mello's Chourico courtesy of www.fullbellies.blogspot.com
Now this is one of my favorite portuguese breads to eat. I remember many times sitting in one of the Lisbon Pastelarias (bakeries) and smelling the aroma of the bread baking in the oven, it was intoxicating but in a good way.; I am a bread lover, I could live on bread, I try not to because it's not healthy at all, but if it was possible to do so, believe it, I would have a loaf of bread and a brick of butter every.single.day.
This is an extremely easy recipe to make, it almost reminds me of the other bread that we portuguese make, called a Bola de Carne. A ball of meat....literally, it's like a ball or oval shaped loaf with ham and chourico etc inside. YUM!
5 1/2 cups of flour
3 1/2 teaspoons of dry yeast
1 chourico cut into slices and casing removed
1 teaspoon salt (table salt)
Dissolve the yeast in 4 tablespoons of warm water. Add about 1/2 tbsp. of flour and mix well. Set aside.
In a big bowl, mix the flour, salt and the yeast mixture, add warm water a bit at a time until you have a smooth dough that doesn't stick to your hands. Let rise for 30 minutes. Divide into 4 portions.
Using a rolling pin roll out the dough into a rectangle, not too big, you want to have a sort of thick dough.
Layer the chourico on the dough....roll the dough up, pinch the seams to close and set seam side down on a baking sheet. Let rise again until you can see that it won't rise anymore.
Bake in a 375 oven for about 20 minutes.One thing you'll notice about these loaves is that they don't turn really brown, matter of fact most of them stay a nice white pale. Enjoy