The breads shown above are called Rosquilhas. They contain little chunks of sweet potato that has a taste like chestnut.
In January I visited a little artisan bakery near Santo da Serra in Madeira. The visit was arranged by the Porto Bay hotel Group and also included a visit to an artisan cheese maker (that's for another post) and a 3 course lunch at their charming little hotel Porto Bay Serra Golf. We climbed up and up on narrow roads and passed through some beautiful scenery, driven expertly by Bruno.
This is the baker who get up at crack of dawn to bake these delicious breads for us.
Outside we could already smell the wood smoke and as we entered the house there was a welcoming smell of baking bread.
Sweet potatoes are grown in Madeira and are added to bread. The flesh is white unlike the orange colour of the ones we get in the UK.
These artisan breads are cooked in wood fired ovens. They are available to buy from the market in Santo da Serra at the weekend.
They were all delicious.
Marilia came with us from Porto Bay Serra Golf and told us about the breads.
with Portuguese chorizo
I was given a sweet potato cutting from the garden at the Porto Mare hotel. The flesh of this type is firmer than the orange type we have in the UK
It survived the journey home and is growing on my window sill.