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Pão de Deus (Portuguese bread)

Pão de Deus (Portuguese bread)

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
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
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.