Pao de Mel is everywhere. It’s like Panettone at Christmas, only it is around every day.
While the name might indicate it is “honey bread,” it is actually a very dense cake, probably made with honey, covered in chocolate. You’ll come across this cake in all shapes, sizes and styles.
You can purchase Pao de Mel nearly everywhere you go – the grocery store, the gas station, the feira, the pharmacy, the hair salon… Don’t let anyone every tell you that they couldn’t find the Pao de Mel they were supposed to bring to your coffee or dinner party, it will be a lie.
Today, my daughter and I tried a Pao de Mel with dolce de leite. This filling broke up the density of the cake nicely. She, usually a chocolate fiend, but she was only mildly interested in this dessert. But I can imagine it is best with a café.