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Bolo Rei | Christmas Cake

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Bolo Rei | Christmas Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Bolo Rei | Christmas Cake is a Portuguese food recipe which is a sweet bread with candied fruit and nuts.
  • 130 g butter
  • 130 g sugar
  • 500 g wheat flour
  • 15 g active yeast
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 200 ml milk
  • 2 tbs port wine
  • candied fruit
  • chopped almonds, walnuts, pine nuts and raisins
  1. Add yeast to a bit of lukewarm milk and stir to dissolve completely.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour and salt – make a well in center of flour and pour in dissolved yeast. Gently fold some of surrounding flour into pool of yeast to form soft paste in center of well.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and beat well after each addition.
  4. Incorporate butter mixture into flour mixture, add remaining milk and port wine, and continue bringing in sides to form a soft dough.
  5. Lightly dust dough with flour, to handle, and turn out onto floured surface. Knead until soft, smooth and elastic.
  6. Add some chopped candied fruit and the dried fruits, and knead to distribute evenly.
  7. Put dough in a clean bowl and cover with dish towel. Let rise until doubled in size, for a few hours.
  8. Once dough has doubled, punch down and let rest for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Shape dough into ring and place on buttered baking sheet. Insert an ovenproof ramekin or cookie cutter in center to keep hole while baking.
  10. Cover with dish towel and set aside until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  11. Brush dough with an egg wash ( egg yolk mixed with a little water ) and decorate with strips of candied fruit and crushed sugar or confectioner’s sugar.
  12. Bake at 180C for about 45 minutes, until golden.

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