Pão de Deus (Portuguese bread)
Bread | Breakfast

Pão de Deus (Portuguese Bread)

May 10, 2018

This Pão de Deus (Portuguese bread) which means bread of God, will not disappoint you. So fluffy and soft in the inside and with a crunchy coconut crust. Each bite is one more step towards heaven.

I get to participate in a monthly cooking challenge. Where we, a group of bloggers, try a new recipe from another country. This month was Portugal. There were so many delicious recipes, so hard to choose only one! But I had my eye on this Pão de Deus recipe for a few months already. That coconut crust stole my heart!

individual roll dough on a tray

The dough has lemon zest, a little bit of rum and a splash of vanilla. These 3 ingredients are wonderful together. While kneading this dough you can smell the amazing aroma, makes you want to knead it for more then 10 minutes. The dough is very sticky. But after the kneading time, its so much easier to handle. If needed, add a little bit of flour to the dough to make it easier to knead.

roll dough with a coconut crust

The mixture for the coconut crust seemed dry to me. So after brushing the dough with the beaten egg, I added what was left over to the coconut mixture.

cooked Pão de Deus (Portuguese bread) on a tray

To put the coconut crust on top of the bread, I got my hands wet, and flattened about a tablespoonful and used that to cover the bread.

Pão de Deus (Portuguese bread) on a blue napkin

While the bread is baking, some pieces of the coconut crust fell to the tray, cooking them a little more and making them more crispy. Mouthwatering!

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Recipe from El Gato Goloso.

I’m sharing this recipe at Fiesta Friday hosted by Angie and her co-host this week is Mollie @ The Frugal Hausfrau.

5 from 1 vote
Pão de Deus (Portuguese bread)
Pão de Deus (Portuguese bread)
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
This Pão de Deus (Portuguese bread) which means bread of God, will not disappoint you. So fluffy and soft in the inside and with a crunchy coconut crust.
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Portuguese
Servings: 10
Calories: 264 kcal
Author: Lizet Bowen
For the dough:
  • 1/2 cup warm milk (120 g)
  • 1/3 cup water at room temperature (80 g)
  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast (7 g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 -1/2 cups all-purpose flour (450 g)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar (80 g)
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine at room temperature (40 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
For coconut crust
  • 2 cups grated coconut (150 g)
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon of sugar (110 g)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 beaten egg for brushing
  • icing sugar
  1. In a large bowl, add milk, 2 tablespoons sugar, water, and yeast. Mix and let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, rum, vanilla, the rest of the sugar 1/4 cup, and lemon zest to this.

  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the liquid mixture for 3 minutes plus one cup of flour. Add the rest of the flour and salt. Mix with a wooden, and put the dough on a flat surface and start kneading.
  3. Add the butter and continue kneading. Knead for 10 minutes. Grease a large bowl and put the dough. Cover with a cloth and let rest for 1 hour (if it is summer) or 1 hour and 45 minutes (in the winter).
  4. While the dough is resting, in a medium bowl mix all the ingredients for the coconut crust.
  5. Divide the dough into 10 equal portions, about 90 g each, and form round buns. Put them in a greased tray and brush with the beaten egg. Let stand for 45 minutes. Heat the oven to 180 C / 350 F.
  6. Add the coconut crust on top of each bread, being careful not to flatten the rolls.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool completely before sprinkling with icing sugar.
Recipe Notes
  • It's a very sticky dough, but after 10 minutes it becomes very soft and less sticky. If you find it difficult to knead, add a little more flour.
  • If you know your oven, you have an idea of ​​how long it takes to reach the temperature you need. Thinking about that, turn on your oven ahead of time.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • The time on this card does not include the resting time of the dough which is 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Pão de Deus (Portuguese bread)
Pão de Deus (Portuguese bread)

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  1. I have been looking for a similar recipe that is a pastry with coconut in the centre. This recipe is a great substitute. It was delicious and very easy to make.

  2. You didn’t instruct how to include the sugar in the dough. I had it all mixed before I realized the ingredient wasn’t incorporated into the directions.

    1. You are right Katie. I’m very sorry for this mistake. I just fixed the recipe card. I think the dough will rise without a problem. But it will be missing the sweetness. Sorry again and thanks for letting me know.

    1. I grew up eating something similar to these rolls too. They were covered in a flour/butter sugary crust. So delicious! I’ll look up Polish sweet bread soon. I love trying new recipes. Thanks for stopping by Jo Allison!

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