Bolo Rei Portuguese Christmas Traditions

by Isabel Laessig (Isabel Foodie) · 7 comments

in Blog, Holidays, Portuguese Recipes, Vovô's Cozinha

bolor rei portuguese recipe I love this time of year.  The thing that makes this time so special to me is the Christmas Traditions and memories that are made Around the Family Table.  In our home, it the time of year, when we fuss a little more on recipes that we wouldn’t traditionally make throughout the year.  Year after year, memories are made around Portuguese Christmas Traditions and it just wouldn’t be Christmas without us getting together with Vo-Vo and Vo and baking a Bolo Rei.

We have so much fun in Vovo’s Cozinha baking Bolo Rei and listening to Vo-Vo and Vo tell us about Portuguese Christmas Traditions from when they were kids growing up in Portugal.  This is what is like spending a day baking Bolo Rei with Vovo and Vo.  It is a day filled with love and memories that will last a lifetime.

bolo rei portuguese recipe When Caitlin from Cooking with Caitlin contacted me and said she was teaming up with Kroger for their iPad Holiday Around the World issue of their MyMagazine ExtrasI was thrilled to contribute a Portuguese Recipe that has so much tradition in our home.  It wouldn’t be Christmas in Portugal without baking a Bolo Rei.  Not only is it delicious, but part of the fun is seeing who is going to find the fava bean or the coin in their slice of Bolo Rei.  The tradition is made clear that whoever ends up with the bean is expected to make the Bolo Rei for the following year.  Whoever wins the coin is said to be blessed with good luck.  For some reason, I recall many years of finding the fava bean.

I was honored to be featured in this issue with these amazingly talented bloggers, Irving from Eat the Love,  Kris from Young Married Chic, Maggy from Three Many Cooks, Aran of Cannelle Vanille, and Coryanne from Kitchen Living with Coryanne.  I loved learning about recipes from Around the World that were part of their Holiday Traditions.   You can download the iPad App and check out their beautiful recipes.

Does your family share special Christmas Traditions?



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CJ at Food Stories December 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

Always love to learn about other cultures and traditions – Love the pic of this cake, too :-)


Angie@Angie's Recipes December 13, 2012 at 9:19 am

wow This looks amazingly festive and delectable!


Renee December 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm

What great tradition you have with this cake. We have several things we have to make each year. Some are candy and other are savory dishes. The great part is the memories that belong to each one and how new ones are added to it each year.


Nancy @ gottagetbaked December 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm

What a wonderful tradition, Isabel. Hmmm…strange coincidence that you got stuck with the fava bean for so many years but I’m sure it’s made you a pro at making this beautiful recipe. I love your feature in the magazine – it looks great!


evandro cunha March 20, 2013 at 11:34 am

hi, this is an amazing portuguese tradition, i made this recipy of the portuguese tradition, it s really really nice.



FamilyFoodie March 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm

That makes me so happy. Thank you for taking the time to let me know!


Alex December 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm

It’s a MUST-HAVE on all Portuguese tables at Christmas. And today I baked some cakes inspired in the bolo rei.


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