Nowadays I just love it: I make my own version of the less traditional Queen Cake (with nuts) and codfish...codfish is yummy! Unfortunately, it is a species actually in danger of extinction, so I just buy it at Christmas.
But what I love most is what we do with the leftovers on the next day: Roupa Velha (Old Clothes). So simple and so delicious. And that's my suggestions.
Old Clothes (Roupa Velha)
Leftovers of codfish boiled with potatoes, eggs and cabbage *
4 garlic cloves1/4 cup olive oil3 tablespoons vinegar
Salt and black pepper
Take the leftovers out of the fridge. Shred the codfish and cabbage and cut the potatoes and eggs in small pieces. Finely mince the garlic.
Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven and add the minced garlic. Cook in medium heat for about 2 minutes. Add all the leftovers and start stirring. We must be always stirring to combine everything well and without letting it burn.
My version still has some texture, but it can be cooked and stirred until well homogenized. In the end add the vinegar, lots of vinegar - it's the star of this recipe! Check salt (if codfish was a little bit salty don't add any) and black pepper.
Queen Cake With Chestnuts and CoconutDough:
* About 200g boiled codfish, 2 medium potatoes, 4 cabbage leaves and 1 egg
1 orange, zest and juice (50ml)
80g yellow sugar
50g butter at room temperature
1 egg2 tsp Oporto wine
250g bread flour
100g whole-wheat flour15g fresh yeast or ½ package active dry yeast
90g boiled chestnuts
40g shredded coconut
70g hazelnuts and boiled chestnuts
70g yellow sugar
60g butter at room temperature
Grab a bowl and grate the zest from 1 orange. Also squeeze out the juice. Place all the dough ingredients in bread machine in the order suggested by your manufacturer. Select "Dough" cycle.
Chop coarsely the filling hazelnuts and boiled chestnuts.
When the cycle ends, add chopped hazelnuts and chestnuts and coconut, then select "Dough" cycle again. This will make the dough extremely fluffy.
Turn finished dough out into a lightly floured board and knead 5 times. Form a ball and make a hole in the centre. Hold dough by the hole and rotate it in order to form a crown. Place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Set aside to rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Put all the topping ingredients in a food processor and pulse until you get a paste. Spread it on the cake surface and bake in the preheated oven until deep golden brown, about 30 to 40 minutes.