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Bolo Rei

Bolo Rei
File:Bolo Rei.jpg
Type Cake
Place of origin Portugal
Main ingredients Dough, raisins, nuts, candied fruit
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Bolo rei (English: "King Cake") is a traditional Portuguese cake that is usually eaten around Christmas, from December 25 until the Dia de Reis ("Day of Kings", a reference to the Three Wise Men) on January 6. It is a staple dessert in any Portuguese home during the holidays.[1]


Bolo rei recipe is from France which finds its way to Portugal during the 19th century when Confeitaria Nacional[2] opened as Portuguese monarchy’s official bakery in 1829. The Confeitaria was the first to introduce this recipe to the country.[3]

The cake itself is round with a large hole in the centre,[4] resembling a crown covered with crystallized and dried fruit.

The bolo rei is baked from a soft, white dough, with raisins, various nuts, and crystallized fruit. Also included is the characteristic fava bean, and tradition dictates that whoever finds the fava has to pay for the bolo rei next year.[5] A small prize (usually a small metal toy) was also included within the cake. The inclusion of the prize has been discontinued since mid-90s.


In 2009, a giant Bolo rei measuring about Script error: No such module "convert". and weighing around Script error: No such module "convert". was baked for the town of Olhão by pastry chef Felipe Martins of Pastelaria Kubidoce.[6]

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es:Roscón de Reyes

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