Bolo de Reis: the tradition of dates, where to find them and how to prepare them – Casa e Jardim

Bolo de Reis: the tradition of dates, where to find them and how to prepare them – Casa e Jardim

Royal Cake (Photo: Elisa Correa/Casa e Comida)

Bolo de Reis can traditionally bring good luck if eaten on January 6 (Photo: Elisa Correa/Casa e Comida)

A fluffy and delicious cake always has a time, but this one has a date to be. eaten! Part of the Catholic holiday calendar, kings day it is celebrated on January 6, when Gaspard, Belchior and Balthazar, the three wise men, were supposed to visit the baby Jesus. While for many this is the time to take down the tree, it is also the time to taste delicious royal cake.

The Brazilians inherited the recipe from the Portuguese. Unsurprisingly, the ingredients are relevant to this cuisine: candied dried fruit, nuts, and port wine. The shape is always round, reminiscent of a royal crown. By tradition, a bean, a wedding ring or miniature porcelain should be hidden in the dough, and whoever finds the toast will be lucky this new year.

Royal cake from Dona Doceira at Itaim Bibi in Sao Paulo (Photo: Mario Rodrigues/Disclosure)

Cake of the Kings by Dona Doceira at Itaim Bibi in Sao Paulo (Photo: Mario Rodrigues/Publicity)

Due to the risk of suffocation, many royal cakes no longer contain these gifts when cooked. But it’s still worth enjoying the dessert! Variants can be found in several pastry shops throughout Brazil. In São Paulo, Doña Doceira sells the authentic Portuguese version with bun dough. In Rio de Janeiro, Talho Capixaba celebrates the date with a traditional cake and a queen version with sweet dough, dried fruit and raisins.

Talho Capixaba royal cake available in the Leblon, Gavea and Ipanema districts of Rio de Janeiro (Photo: Rodrigo Azevedo/Publicity)

Talho Capixaba royal cake available in the Leblon, Gavea and Ipanema districts of Rio de Janeiro (Photo: Rodrigo Azevedo/Publicity)

Now if you want to make this delicacy at home Portuguese-Brazilian Chef Junior Venturafrom Portus Padaria Artesanal, in Blumenau, Santa Catarina, teaches the original recipe:

Royal cake from Portus Padaria Artesanal, in Blumenau, Santa Catarina (Photo: Portus Padaria Artesanal/Publicity)

Royal cake from Portus Padaria Artesanal, in Blumenau, Santa Catarina (Photo: Portus Padaria Artesanal/Publicity)

Ingredients
660 g wheat flour;
25 g yeast;
160 ml of milk;
160 g of sugar;
10 gems;
160 g butter;
1 teaspoon of salt;
100 g raisins;
80 g almonds;
80 g walnuts;
100 ml of rum;
100 ml of port;
figs, peach, cherry and powdered sugar for decoration.

Preparation mode
one.
Soak raisins in rum and port wine for about 2 hours before cooking.
two. In a bowl, add wheat flour, sugar, yeast, salt, egg yolks, butter, milk and beat in a mixer on low speed with a dough hook or knead by hand if you prefer.
3. Put the dough on the table and knead until smooth. Open it and add dried fruits with pre-soaked raisins.
four. Knead gently again until the fruit is fully incorporated into the dough.
5. Divide into 3 equal parts (about 550 g), roll them and let them rest for 10 minutes. Using your elbow or a rolling pin, make a hole in the center and shape it into a donut shape about 25 cm in diameter.
6. Place on a greased baking sheet and let rise until doubled in size. When it grows up, brush it with two beaten eggs.
7. Then add sliced ​​almonds and fruit around the King Cake. Start by adding three small piles of powdered sugar, then sprinkle with fruit for decoration.
eight. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 35 minutes.

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