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The Breakfast Challenge – Sourdough Bolo Levedo Stuffed With Blueberries

sourdough bolo levedo with blueberries

These aren’t exactly the 5 minutes of the usual  Breakfast Cereal Challenge recipes, but they’re fast enough for a weekday morning.  We had this batch for breakfast this morning before work. Like everything made of sourdough, the time is not in the doing but in the waiting. It only takes about 20 minutes to make a batch, but the 20 minutes has to be the night before, and you have to start by feeding the starter the morning before.  So you really have to start dreaming of bolo levedo for breakfast a full day in advance. The upside is that you can wake up knowing that you are minutes away from sweet Portuguese muffins for breakfast.

I have (as usual) taken huge liberties with the traditional recipe – real Portuguese cooks should turn away now. The traditional version is made with yeast (though presumably the real traditional ones were sourdough), and if you don’t have a sourdough culture going, you can make them with a yeast dough.  The traditional ones have more sugar too, and no blueberries.

Blueberries are just coming into season and they are hugely healthy – any food with that purple colouring seems to be loaded with antioxidants.  The eggs and cottage cheese add a bit of protein to it too, so it fits the Witches Kitchen definition of healthy well enough to be a regular breakfast rather than a special treat.

The Recipe:

To make 8 English muffin sized bolos.

You need a cup of fed sourdough starter for this recipe, so I start the morning before – take my sourdough culture out of the fridge and feed it a cup of bakers flour mixed with a cup of water. In cool weather, I would pour a cupful into a bowl and leave it covered on my benchtop for the day, and put the rest back in the fridge.  But in these warm summer days I leave it in the fridge for the day and only take the cupful I need out when I get home.

The Evening Before:

fed sourdough starterThe sourdough starter should be nice and frothy as in the picture. Use an eggbeater to beat in

  • 2 eggs
  • a good dessertspoon of raw sugar
  • a good dessertspoon of skim milk powder
  • half a teaspoon of salt

Stir in a cup of bakers flour and tip another cup on the bench top. Knead the dough for a few minutes – enough to incorporate the second cupful, or most of it, and to get a smooth non-sticky dough.

Divide the dough into 8 balls and use a rolling pin to roll each ball out to the size of a saucer.

bolo levedo proved and ready to cookPut a dozen or so blueberries and 2 teaspoons of cottage cheese in the middle of each circle and fold in the edges, squeezing them together to make a ball of dough enclosing the filling.

Place the balls of dough, joins side down, on well oiled plates, cover with a clean tea towel, and leave them to prove overnight. By the morning they should look like this – spread and flattened but  nice and plump and risen to twice the size.

In the Morning

To Fry:

This is the traditional way to cook them.  Heat a heavy lightly oiled frypan.  Slide the bolo off their plates into the pan and cook over a fairly low heat for about 7 to 8  minutes each side until they are golden.

To Bake

You can also bake the bolo, but then they wouldn’t be bolo.  They’re good that way too though. Just put them on an oiled baking tray (instead of the plates). I have an antique gas (not fan forced oven), and in my oven I put them in a cold oven turned up high and bake for 20 minutes till golden. I put a blueberry decoratively in the middle of each of these  and brushed the top lightly with milk before baking.

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  • Gillian December 2, 2011, 12:14 pm

    oh gosh those look good. I tried sourdough once before and it never worked out well. you are slowly winning me over though – I think my new years resolution will be to get going on sourdough. I have bookmarked a bunch of your recipes I really have to try.

  • cityhippyfarmgirl December 2, 2011, 1:57 pm

    Linda they look wonderful. Anything with blueberries in it is a big yes from me.
    I thought my potted blueberry bush was going to produce oodles of fruit this year with all the flowers it had on it, then it pretty much whittled down to 3 berries… very disappointed.

  • Linda December 2, 2011, 2:01 pm

    Have you only got one potted blueberry? All the varieties I know of need cross fertilizing.

  • Fiona December 2, 2011, 2:54 pm

    Mmmm they look delish. Have you tried with frozen berries? I have some in my freezer but I wonder if they would go soggy?

  • Linda December 2, 2011, 3:09 pm

    I haven’t tried with frozen berries sorry Fiona. But you’re going to have to use up those berries soon – it’s back to blueberry season! I think, with frozen berries, I’d be making Mulberry Black Forest Cupcakes with blueberries instead of mulberries.

  • celia December 3, 2011, 9:26 am

    Oh they look amazing! I really love the look of the baked ones with their little blueberry eyes.. 🙂

  • dixiebelle December 4, 2011, 11:11 am

    Oh my!

  • Fiona December 5, 2011, 11:42 am

    Just letting you know I made these on the weekend. I used peaches instead of the blueberries in the end and they were great. I have included a link back to here on my post http://lifeatarbordalefarm.blogspot.com/2011/12/garden-whip-around.html. Thanks for the great recipe these will no doubt become a regular breakfast item for weekends.

  • Linda December 5, 2011, 12:03 pm

    My peaches are just starting, and we get fruit fly, so slicing off the stung bit and cooking with them is a great use. Your version looks like something I have to try!

  • Paige Pasagranto December 20, 2011, 2:48 am

    Press down on outer edges and fold dough around so it seals the filling in.

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