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How to do a King Cake?


The Bolo-Rei or King Cake is a typical Portuguese cake that is traditionally eaten between Christmas and epiphany. 
It represents the gifts that the Three Wise Men gave to baby Jesus at his birth. 


This year our team has done our own King Cake. See the video below.

King Cake recipe

Ingredients:
800g of flour
25g of baker's yeast
200 g of butter at room temperature
150 g of sugar
150+g glaced fruit for garnish
150 g of dried fruits
4 eggs
Zest of lemon 
Zest of laranja
1 deciliter of rum
1 teaspoon of salt
Apricot jam to give some gloss 

Preparation:
Mince the fruit in small pieces and leave to macerate with the rum. Dissolve the baker's yeast in 1 deciliter of warm water, add 1 cup of flour and let it rise in a place with ambient temperature for 15 minutes. Meanwhile whisk the margarine, sugar, and lemon zest and orange.Add the eggs one by one and the yeast.When everything is properly well mixed add the remaining flour and the salt. Knead until it becomes smooth and elastic. Mix the fruit and rum which had been macerated. Shape the dough into a ball and sprinkle it with flour. Cover the dough with a cloth, leaving it rise in room temperature for 2.5 hour. After the dough has doubled its volume, put it on a board and make a hole in the middle (may be with the elbow). With your hands, finish to round the dough. Decorate the dough with candied fruit and dried fruit. Let the dough leavening for another half hour. It takes ± 40 minutes to bake in the oven to 180º. At the end brush with apricot jam or gloss gel to the cake becomes even more attractive!