Bolo Rei | King Cake Portuguese Recipe
  • ½ Cup Candied Citrus Fruit
  • 3 T. Raisins
  • ½ Cup Pine Nuts
  • ½ Cup Walnuts
  • ⅓ Cup plus 2 Teaspoons Port Wine
  • 2½ teaspoon active dry yeast
  • ⅓ Cup plus 2 teaspoons milk
  • 3½ Cups unbleached flour
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • 7 Teaspoon unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅓ Cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Grated zest of 2 oranges
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 dried fava bean and Large Coin
  • Topping:
  • 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 teaspoon water
  • 10 candied cherries
  • 1 package of Natural Delights Medjool Dates
  • Powdered sugar for garnish
  1. Soak candied fruit, raisins and pine nuts in Port Wine overnight or until plump.
  2. Sprinkle yeast into milk in bowl and let stand 5 minutes. Stir to dissolve.
  3. Mix flour and salt in large bowl.
  4. Make well in center and pour in dissolved yeast.
  5. Use wooden spoon to draw enough flour into dissolved yeast to form soft paste.
  6. Cover bowl with dish towel and let stand until "sponge" is frothy and slightly risen, about 20 minutes.
  7. In separate bowl, beat butter with sugar and orange zests until light and fluffy.
  8. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and beat well after each addition.
  9. Add mixture to flour mixture and mix in flour from sides to until dough is soft.
  10. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface.
  11. Knead until soft, smooth, silky and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  12. Knead in dried fruit and pine nuts until evenly distributed.
  13. Place dough into clean bowl and cover with dish towel.
  14. Let rise until doubled in size. We usually let it sit overnight, but as little as 2 hours is usually ok.
  15. Punch down, then let rest 10 minutes.
  16. Shape dough into ring and place on buttered baking sheet.
  17. Wrap dried fava bean or trinket separately in wax paper.
  18. Insert tiny package into bottom of shaped dough.
  19. Cover with dish towel and set aside until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  20. To prepare topping:
  21. Brush dough with egg glaze and decorate with candied fruit and powdered sugar.
  22. Bake at 350°F. 45 minutes until golden.
  23. Cool on wire rack.
  24. Makes 1 Loaf
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