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Recipe: Bolo Rainha

Cooking 20min Preparation 1h40 easy
Recipe type: Dessert Cuisine: Portuguese

Recipe: Bolo Rainha

If you’ve ever visited the Midwest during the Holidays, you’ve most likely tried Fruitcake – also known as: door stop, bookend, ubiquitous item for all Ikea hacks, or simply, disgusting. We can safely say that this is not only the most dense and undesirable cake ever to grace a Holiday meal, but the most dangerous, as you’ll most likely crack a few teeth in process.

Our suggestion, be gone with dense, aged, impossible to eat fruit cakes, and welcome the New Year with a delectable Portuguese Bolo Rainha (Queen Cake). It’s light, airy and simple to make. If, however, tradition is beating at your door, check out her brother, the King Cake – the same sumptuous dessert but with a dash of crystallized fruit to make the holiday’s cheery and sweet. The Holidays are supposed to be celebratory, so let’s fill our stomachs in style – or at least with something edible and delicious! Cheers!

 
 

 

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180º C (about 350/356ºF). Heat the milk up slowly and crumble in the yeast and salt, mix to combine and let sit to bubble.
  2. Separately, beat the eggs and add the melted butter, along with the yeast mix and brandy.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, orange zest and sugar, mix well.
  4. Add the egg/yeast mixture and form into a dough. If necessary, add another egg to the mix if it’s too dry.
  5. Fold the nuts and raisins into the dough, reserving a small amount of the nuts to decorate the top of the bread.
  6. Cover with a towel and put in a warm area to let the dough rise, about an hour and half.
  7. Form the dough into 3 wreaths, brush with the egg yolk wash and decorate with the remaining nuts.
  8. Bake each wreath separately on a parchment paper lined tray in the oven for approximately 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and brush with the jam or marmalade (while warm) and sprinkle with powdered or granulated sugar.

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