We have been very impressed by our masterchefs creating their own Portuguese Christmas King's cake (Bolo Rei). Our arms were very tired (and fingers quite often sticky before adding more flour) when kneading the dough but it was definitely worthwhile when we tasted the end result!
Bolo Rei (King’s Cake)
500 g flour
30 g yeast
100 ml water
1 pinch of salt
zest of a lemon
3 egg yolks
150 ml sparkling wine
100 g melted margarine
150 g glace fruit
1 beaten egg
200 g glace fruit for decoration
Pour 330 g flour into a large bowl and make a mould in the centre. Blend the yeast with the remaining flour and add to the lukewarm water. Add the mixture to the bowl containing the flour, combine well and shape the dough into a ball. Add the salt, lemon zest, egg yolk, sparkling wine and the melted margarine. Knead the dough well
(it should have the consistency of a bread dough).
Then add the diced glace fruit to the dough and knead again. Cover the dough and leave to rest in a warm spot until double in size. Knead the dough once again and shape into a ring. Place the ring of dough onto a baking sheet dusted with flour. Now insert a small coin wrapped into tissue paper and the dried bean into the dough. Cover the holes. Allow the cake to rise once again.
Brush the cake with beaten egg and decorate with glace fruit. Bake in an oven at
160 °C for approx. 1 hour until golden brown. Once the cake has cooled dust with icing sugar.