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Bola do Caco

A traditional sweet potato bread from the island of Madeira, baked in a pan and usually served with garlic butter, local soft cheeses and olives.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 40 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Baking
Cuisine Portugese
Servings 4
Calories 504 kcal


  • 500 g plain flour not strong bread flour
  • 7 g sachet Fast Action Yeast
  • 200 grams sweet potatoes (about 2)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 350 ml warm water


  • Bake the sweet potatoes, either in the oven for about 30-40 minutes or in the microwave for 8-10 minutes (timings depend on size of sweet potatoes). Once cooked until soft, scoop out the flesh and mash until smooth.
  • Combine the sweet potatoes with the other ingredients and enough warm water to make a very soft, wet dough. Using one hand, bring all the ingredients together and mix thoroughly for 5-10 minutes or until dough becomes elastic.
  • Cover dough loosely with cling film and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  • Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions. Oil your hands, so they don't stick to the dough, shape into flattened rounds and set aside to prove for another 30 minutes, covered with a damp towel.
  • Melt a little butter in a small, high sided pan (or whatever kind of pan you have) and cook each round over a low heat for 8-10 minutes on each side until browned and cooked through.
  • Repeat process with remaining bread, keeping the cooked Bola soft by covering with a clean tea towel on a cooling rack.


Adapted from by Farmersgirl Kitchen


Calories: 504kcalCarbohydrates: 106gProtein: 14gFat: 1gSodium: 326mgPotassium: 318mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 7095IUVitamin C: 1.2mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 6.1mg