Bolo do Caco – Bread Rolls from Madeira

This week the Good Friends Good Food Group is cooking with sweet potato, chosen bei Peggy. I have to admit, I am not a huge fan of sweet potatoes. I can’t get comfortable with taste or consistency. But sweet potatoes are mandatory component of Bolo do Caco – Bread Rolls from Madeira. The result is a very soft, chewy and crispy dough and it is hugely popular in Madeira. Unfortunately it is not so easy to find in the island freshly baked, we only found one stall at the Cristiano Ronaldo Campus.

Bolo do Caco – Bread Rolls from Madeira

Bolo do Caco - Bread Rolls from Madeira with pulled pork and cole slaw

is great for steak sandwiches, chouriço or smothering with garlic butter. We used it for pulled pork sandwiches. The recipe is from Mercado dos Lavradores

Bolo do Caco-collage©

Bolo do caco is shaped like a cake and thus called bolo (Portuguese for ‚cake‘). It is traditionally cooked on a caco, a flat basalt stone slab. I used my oven with the baking stone.

Bolo do Caco – Bread Rolls from Madeira

Yield: 8 breads about 120 grams

Bolo do Caco - Bread Rolls from Madeira

The bolo de caco – Bread Rolls from Madeira is made with sweet potato, abundant in Madeira. It startet as a northern African influence and become a staple food in the island


  • 500 grams wheat flour, type 550
  • 375 grams sweet potato puree
  • 3.5 grams dry yeast, corresponding to 12.5 grams fresh yeast
  • 75 ml water
  • 1 tsp. to 1/2 tbsp. salt, according to taste


modified from inspired by:
Mercado dos Lavradores and Eat Portugal*


  1. For the sweet potato puree, peel about 500 grams of potatoes, cut into pieces and cook in lightly salted water in about 10 – 15 minutes. Drain, mash finely with a hand blender and let cool.
  2. Mix the dry yeast with 3 tbsp. flour and the water to make a small preferment and let it stand for about 15 minutes until small bubbles have formed.
  3. Add sweet potato puree, flour and salt and mix to a soft, pliable dough. Leave it to prove 2 – 3 hours until the volume doubled in size.
  4. Divide the dough into 8 pieces of equal weight on a work surface dusted with flour. Form balls and flatten them 12,5 cm diameter.
  5. Let them rest for another half an hour.
  6. Preheat the oven with a baking stone to 180-200 °C/356-392 °F
  7. Bake the discs for 10 minutes from each side until they are done

total time: 4 hours
preparation time: 15 minutes
cooking/baking time: 20 minutes

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  3. Kayte

    These look wonderful and your filling looks delicious as well. I would like to try these and it is sweet potato season here so I will set aside time on this weekend or next. Nice photo.


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