Monday, April 4, 2011

Wow- That's A Lot Of Bread!

This weekend I hosted a party to celebrate a certain someone's birthday. Happy birthday RS! I made their favorite meal, an authentic Portuguese bean recipe, feijoada. This dish is very tasty and filling, especially when consumed with large amounts of Portuguese corn bread. Since this type of bread is not available at most local grocery stores I had to make a stop at an authentic Portuguese bakery. 

I remember as a child going to this neighborhood bakery practically every day for fresh bread, on Sunday it was a treat because we'd get pastries too. Central Bakery has been a Peabody staple since 1923. Wow that's a lot of bread! The fresh baked aroma when you enter is intoxicating, and reminds me of my childhood.  The cases are overflowing with fresh bread, cakes, pastries, donuts and cookies. It's a quaint Portuguese bakery, no frills, no glitz, just a consistent product. Other than the prices nothing has changed from the days that I was a child; and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Central Bakery
48 Walnut St, Peabody, MA 01960
978) 531-2101

If you happen to stop along the way try the following items, you won't be disappointed:
Pao De Milho ( Portuguese Cornbread )
Papo Seco (Portuguese Rolls)
Linguica  Bread- Yummy!
Traditional Portuguse Pastries:
Pasteis de Nata
Bean recipe:
I'd give you my bean recipe but I typically don't cook with recipes, I just go with what feels right. 
Click here for one that has the  basic ingredients that I use, give or take a pinch of this and a pinch of that.


  1. Hungry after reading above ... a nice Papo Seco and some Ilha Azul queijo

  2. Some of that good cookin' can be shipped west, you know!

  3. tiaa, i follow your blog and the first thing i see today is bread! your killin' me(: