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If you have ever strolled into a Portuguese Padaria (bakery), looked at all the bread on offer and pondered which one you should try, I can tell you that first on your list should be the round, crusty and scrumptious Broa de Milho.

Broa de Milho is cornbread, which means it is great for anyone who suffers from gluten intolerance.


Broa de milho is a dense, rustic, whole-grain cornbread from Portugal. Historically, corn was considered a grain of the poor, and so broa was considered a poor man’s food. Today, this full-flavoured, hard crust bread is rightfully enjoyed by all tiers of Portuguese society. It’s also popular in Brazil, where it is leavened with baking powder instead of yeast and often flavoured with fennel seeds.

Because it’s so good at mopping up sauces and gravy, broa is a great accompaniment to soups and stews. Chunky slices are a classic pairing with caldo verde, Portuguese sausage and kale soup.

I checked with many shops in the Loulé region and can report this bread only appears to be available on a Saturday which at first was disappointing but I have since realised this is possibly a blessing as I would be the size of a house if I could munch on it daily.

A loaf costs €1.20 so obviously you will never ever only buy one, take a basket with you! It’s great toasted too – you have been warned!

One of my favorite Padarias is Venepao 93 in Almancil. It’s a great place for coffee and cake any time of day. Lots of free parking to the right of the building and behind.



If you want me to check out anything for you in the Loulé region just drop me a line hello@loulehills.com


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