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Portuguese-Style Sweet Potato Rolls

8 5-inch rolls

3 hours 45 minutes active

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The Portuguese sweet potato bread known as bolo de caco is a griddled bread that resembles an English muffin or thick pita bread round. For our version, we use widely available orange-fleshed sweet potatoes rather than the white variety that's more traditional; the potatoes give the bread a saffron hue and a rich, moist crumb. The traditional way to cook bolos de caco is on a stone slab; we use a skillet set on the stovetop to brown the rounds, then finish baking them in the oven. The flatbreads typically are split while still warm, spread with garlic-chive butter (recipe below) and served as part of a meal, but you also could toast the halves and have them for breakfast or use them to make a sandwich.


5-inch rolls


Don't begin mixing the cooked sweet potato mixture until it has cooled for 30 minutes. Otherwise, the heat from the potatoes may kill the yeast. Don't worry if you don't own an instant thermometer for testing the breads. Simply bake them for the full 14 minutes. The sweet potato in the dough makes this a forgiving dough, so even if slightly overbaked, the crumb still will be moist and tender.

3 hours

45 minutes active


  • 12

    ounces orange-flesh sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

  • 3

    tablespoons salted butter, cut into 3 pieces


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Anna S.
January 23, 2023
Awesome Work-horse Bun!
This recipe has made into regular rotation in our house. Every time our CSA box gives us sweet potatoes, this is the first thing I make, and my kids rejoice. Great for avocado toast in the morning, for sandwiches, with butter and jam. Just love.
Maynard M.
May 19, 2022
very delicious
Louise A O.

This recipe needs more liquid for it to absorb 3 cups of flour. Way too dry. Good flavor profile, though.

Eileen H.

I have made this recipe more than a dozen times and each time it turns out perfectly. It is one of the most requested recipes when I bring baked goods to anyone's home. Freezes beautifully too. Thank you Milk Street!