Most of you know that I don’t write about a product or a restaurant unless I really like it. These “Ports” or Portuguese muffins have become a big thing here in New York City. Port Muffins are a bit larger and flatter than regular English muffins. They’re a bit sweeter, but not too sweet or sugary. They are billed as “The 3 Meal Muffin” because you can have them for breakfast, use them for sandwiches for lunch or use them for hamburger buns for dinner. I like to serve them toasted for a weekend breakfast when making bacon and eggs. I love to slather them with apricot-peach jam.
Port Muffins are made by Central Bakery in Fall River, MA. Central Bakery is a family owned bakery that’s been operating since 1975. Apparently, the owner, Dave Lopes’, grandmother brought her recipe from the Azores in Portugal hence the bakery was born. The muffins were originally molded by hand and soon became an instant hit. These days the muffins are made by using a small electric bread mold in order to produce thousands of muffins per week. Currently, these Port Muffins are a bit difficult to find. I know that you can find them at Citarella and Dean & Deluca here in New York City. If you can’t find them in your area then ask your local grocer to stock them or special order them for you. I have totally broken up with the commercial English muffins (you know who you are) and will only buy Port Muffins. As a matter of fact I buy extras and store them in the freezer so that I don’t run out.
Here is what my West Coast Portuguese friend Carol says, “These muffins are the greatest! They remind me in a sort of way of my mother’s Portuguese sweet bread in a muffin form! Yum”
Here’s the info:
711 Pleasant Street
Fall River, MA 02723
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