Thursday, 6 January 2011

Celebrating Kings Day with My Typical Dutch Tea Set


If I were in Portugal, I would be celebrating Dia de Reis  (Kings Day) and I would have gone to the tea room Confeitaria Nacional to buy  Bolo Rei (King's Cake).


[Photo Credit]

The owners of Confeitaria Nacional have brought the French recipe of the“ Gateau des Rois” to Portugal in the second half of the 19th century. Until today, this recipe is a very well kept secret. This tea room is already in the same family for five generations.

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My coffee table is ready for the tea :-) Well, almost... :-)
There is no King Cake's slice yet :-))

From Natal 2010


You are seeing on the photo one person tea set and two dessert plates typically Dutch.

I will go now, but I leave you with the traditional recipe of Bolo Rei. Enjoy it!

Bolo Rei recipe:

Ingredients

butter:130gr
sugar:130gr
flower:500gr
yeast:15gr
3 eggs
milk: 2dl
port wine : 2 table spoons
brandy: 2 table spoons
candied fruit: enough
almonds: enough
walnuts: enough
pine nuts: enough

Preparation:

Dissolve the yeast with a bit of cold milk and mix it in the flower.
Mix all ingredients except for the candied fruit, the nuts and the almonds, and beat the dough very well.
When the dough starts to make bubbles, meaning it is well beaten, add the fruit and nuts.
Mold the dough in the form of a large donut, with a large hole in the middle.
Cover it well with the butter and let the dough rest for some hours.
"Paint" the cake with the beaten yolks and place some more candied fruit on top of the torus for decoration.
Take it to the oven with average heat and let it cook until it assumes a golden colour.


Receita:

Ingredientes

Manteiga: 130 gr
Açúcar: 130 gr
Farinha: 500 gr
Fermento: 15 gr
Ovo: 3
Leite: 2 dl
Vinho do Porto: 2 colheres de sopa
Aguardente velha: 2 colheres de sopa
Fruta cristalizada variada: q.b.
Amêndoa: q.b.
Noz: q.b.
Pinhão: q.b.

Preparação

Num pouco de leite frio dissolva o fermento e adicione a farinha. Junte todos os ingredientes, excepto as frutas cristalizadas e os frutos secos, e amasse bem. Quando a massa começar a fazer bolhas, sinal de estar bem batida, juntam-se as frutas cristalizadas e os frutos secos. Tende-se a massa em forma de rosca, colocando em recipiente com buraco no meio, depois de bem untado com manteiga. Deixa-se descansar durante umas horas. Pincela-se com gema de ovo e colocam-se mais algumas frutas cristalizadas por cima. Coze-se em forno médio até ficar dourado.

11 comments:

Aledys Ver said...

Beautiful, Sandra! I leave you with a saying in SPanish:

"el que come y no convida, tiene un sapo en la barriga!"

:D

Presépio no Canal said...

@Aledys: aahahahahah I can't invite you now. The cake is not ready yet :-)) and I couldn't find a bigger tea set. The Dutch are so quickly to buy when there are promotions...or I have no lucky at all ;-)))

Presépio no Canal said...

...no luck, I mean...:-))

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Very nice! I think I like the two dessert plate tradition ;-) PS the King's Cake in Texas has a little toy baby baked in it... is that the same tradition in Portugal?

Presépio no Canal said...

@Japra: Yes, there was, before the European Union forbid it. :-)

Margarida Elias said...

Pois é. Já comi o bolo rei (da Cinderela) e romã. Nunca fui à Confeitaria Nacional: um dia tenho lá ir.
Bj e bom chá!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Goede Morgen sweet one! A lovely tea set indeed and that CAKE!!!! Similar to our American FRUIT CAKE and le français, GATEAU DE ROI!

MAGNIFIQUE! Anita

Aledys Ver said...

The European Union, what???

Presépio no Canal said...

@Aledys, yes, the inclusion of the prize (usually a small metal toy) was forbidden by the European Union, for safety reasons. Really...
Lucky me when I was a little girl. I used to like my prize very much. ;-)

ana said...

Que mesa tão bonita, desde a toalha, o bule, a chávena, a caixa e um livro (?).

Que post delicioso. Nunca fiz bolo Rei mas vou anotar.
Bjs e bom ano para uma rainha portuguesa/holandesa! :))

Presépio no Canal said...

@Ana: Obrigada :-))
Nao e um livro, mas sim uma caixa em forma de livro que continha chocolates do Sinterklaas e eu aproveito agora como caixa de cha ;-)
Achei graca a Rainha Portuguesa/Holandesa :-) porque eu gosto mais de Bolo-Rainha, que e igual ao Bolo-Rei, mas sem frutas cristalizadas ;-)
Bom fim-de-semana :-)