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Broa de Milho Recipe – A Simple Sourdough Cornbread

Broa de Milho is a Portuguese bread made with cornflour. The cornflour makes the bread crackle on the top, as the bread proofs. That makes the bread very beautiful and easy to recognize. This is my recipe for broa de Milho.

The northern part of Portugal is not a very good place to grow wheat, but the climate is fantastic for growing corn. So it makes sense to bake Portuguese bread using cornflour instead of wheat flour. In this recipe, I’ve decided to substitute the traditional buckwheat with regular bread flour. If you do have buckwheat flour available, it is absolutely an option.

Broa de Milho is mentioned on Ark of Taste as region-specific and a recipe worth preservation. So be part of preserving this fantastic bread and bake it!

You’ll need a sourdough starter to make this bread, so if you don’t have it yet, head over to my guide for making your own sourdough.

Broa de Milho with the beautiful crackled crust

The formula in this Broa de Milho recipe

The ratio of cornflour to wheat flour is the magical ratio that makes the bread have holes in the crumb, but still retain the very beautiful crackled surface.

Even though the bread has relatively high hydration (almost 78%) it is a very stiff dough, because of the high amount of whole-grain flour. The dough is very easy to work with and does not require any of the specialized techniques that you need to make sourdough bread.

WeightIngredientBaker's Percentage
300gwhole-grain corn flour75%
100gbread flour25%
8gfine salt2%
100gstarter (100% hydration)25%

If you want to change the quantity, the hydration or other things, you can do so here in my Bread Calculator.

The cornflour is the key

The bread looks beautiful, but the cornflour also gives the bread and pleasantly sweet taste and a different crust than you are used to from sourdough bread made with wheat. The crust is nice and crispy and the crumb is very tight with tiny air bubbles.

Broa de Milho bread with the characteristic tight crumb

It tastes like absolute perfection with good organic butter or some delicious olives. It’s also great with a good Portuguese soup like a caldo verde or açorda. The sweetness from the corn also makes it a perfect pairing with a fabulous chili con carne.

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Broa de Milho, Portuguese corn bread

Course: Bread, Sourdough
Cuisine: Portuguese
Keyword: bread, portuguese, sourdough
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Extra time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total: 5 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 1 brød
Calories: 1604kcal
Author: Sune Trudslev
Nutrition Facts
Broa de Milho, Portuguese corn bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1604 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 3131mg136%
Carbohydrates 310g103%
Fiber 31g129%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 44g88%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
An exciting, delicious, and beautiful bread originates from northern Portugal, where corn is a vital crop.
The cornflour is the magic that brings the yellow crumb and the beautiful crackled crust.
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  • Put the cornflour in a heat-proof bowl.
  • Boil water in an electric boiler.
  • Pour the water over the cornflour and stir until all the flour is hydrated. Let it cool to room temperature for about one hour.
  • Add bread flour, salt, and sourdough starter, and knead the dough by hand until it forms a bread dough.
  • Form the dough into a boule and press it down slightly. Make sure the ball has a smooth surface.
  • Spray the top of the dough with a water mister and sprinkle with rice flour. Use your hands to spread the flour evenly.
  • Let the dough proof be on the kitchen counter under a dishcloth. At least 3.5 hours, but you can leave it until the following day.
  • Heat the oven to 260°C/500°F. If it doesn't go as high, go as far as possible. If you have a baking steel or pizza stone, you should use that. Heat for an hour, so you are sure the baking steel is wholly saturated with heat.
  • Bake the first 20 minutes at 260°C/500°F, then turn it down to 230°C/445°F.
  • Keep baking until the bread is 99°C/210°F inside. It took about 25 minutes in my oven.
  • Take the bread out of the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack. It takes a couple of hours.
  • Enjoy a piece with butter and a great selection of cheese or some fantastic olives.
  • It's that easy to make Broa de Milho.



You can find the recipe in my bread calculator here

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  1. Kevin Pereira Reply

    For future reference, the pronunciation you used was Brazilian. Other than that, the bread looks fabulous.

    • Ah, that’s good to know. I hope my brazilian pronunciation was spot on then 🤣


    Sounds delicious! I like very much the way you explain your baking methods. I read some other recipes for this bread and they use rye flour or buckwheat instead of AP. Did you try with these other flours?

    • Not yet. A lot of people have reached out to me, saying that especially rye is a very common flour in this bread.

  3. Shannon M Sorensen Reply

    Good afternoon. Is your version of corn flour like cornstarch or very finely milled cornmeal? I went to our local grocer and there was nothing that had the specific verbage “corn flour.” I have been making your sourdough bread for all of my friends & family & they love it! My Portuguese friend asked me to make this from your recipes. I just want to get it right. My husband and I thank you for being awesome!


    Shannon Sorensen

    • The corn flour I use is pretty coarse. They call it whole grain here.

  4. Judy Vallas Reply

    I happened on a recipe for Broa de Milho & went looking around for others to compare. Yours is hands-down the one I want – thanks! (I watch your videos regularly and know I can completely trust this recipe.)

  5. Hortense Reply

    Hello, I just Wonder what hydratation rate must have thé sourdough ? This is the texture that I’m looking for. Thank you.

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