'Bolo Rei' : the Portuguese most iconic Christmas cake

Learn the secrets behind 'Bolo Rei' from a real pastry Chef in a traditional bakery with a wood-fired oven


This year 2021, due to all these pandemic events, has seemed interminable to many, probably because we have lived with little certainty about our work, leisure, travel and new projects, but Christmas is now just around the corner and the season to indulge in some pampering is finally here!

What could put us in a better mood than food, or more precisely baking a Christmas cake? Festive cooking is pure joy, comfort, distraction, and pure enjoyment! It is in this spirit that we have decided to bring you the essence of the real Algarve Christmas through its delicacy. On top of all the best-loved festive sweets, 'Bolo Rei' stands as the winner. Are you curious to discover all the secrets behind the 'Bolo-rei'? Join us in our special bakery class. If you're interested, clich here to check the next dates and availabilties. Buy a ticket for you o whom you'd like to invite, or you can offer a gift certificate as Christmas' present!

Every Saturday afternoons, from 3 to 6 pm, between December and February only, a real pastry Chef welcomes you to his family bakery with a traditional wood-fired oven to show you all the steps involved in making a real bolo-rei, from the dough with all the ingredients to decorating and baking. We will also prepare other versions of bolo rei such as 'bolo rainha' or 'bolo escangalhado' made with sweet pumpkin.

If you, unfortunately, don't have time to attend but don't want to miss out on your delicious bolo rei at Christmas, then we have a few tips for you.

If you live in Faro or nearby, a fabulous address is the pastelaria 'Trigo Dourado', street name is R. Dr. Guilherme Centazzi 27, while in central Algarve these are the best addresses to buy an excellent cake: 'Alentejo com Pão' in Silves downtown and 'Quinta dos Avós Doçaria Conventual' in Algoz. If you live in Lagos area, 'Helder dos Bolos' is a real gem in Odiáxere, on the EN125.

Happy festive season!