Sad NJ transplant looking for beloved Portuguese rolls recipe - however, not the Portuguese sweet bread previously discussed
I am a NJ transplant in Omaha, Nebraska and am dying to make Portuguese rolls the way I could get them while living in NJ. They are not the Portuguese sweet bread that I have read much about elsewhere on the site, but rather are oval shaped rolls that have been folded and left to rise to create a crease down the middle. They are plain old white and the crust is a little chewy. They typically do not have a very hard crust, which makes them perfect for sandwiches because you don't kill your gums or your teeth trying to bite into them. They are not dense, but are light, soft, and airy on the inside. The ones I am familiar with are about the size of your hand from your wrist to your second set of knuckles. (If I attempted a measurement, I'm sure I'd be inaccurate...) The color is a beautiful light golden. I can seem them now...
I have made one recipe for Portuguese rolls called Paozinho (http://www.answers.com/topic/p-ozinho ), but they weren't quite what I remembered. It was a rather straight dough, pretty simple, so that could be the problem, but then again I'm not sure it is the recipe I'm looking for. It did have the characteristic crease down the middle, though.
Anyone else out there from NJ or know what I'm looking for?? Thanks in advance!!