Traditional Finto Cake from Alentejo

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Finto Cake is a traditional cake made around Easter in the Alentejo region of Portugal. A traditional Finto typically features the unique flavor of fennel. Putting a slight twist on the traditional, this recipe for finto cake adds poppy seeds, cinnamon, and fresh orange juice as additional flavor components. This is a yeasted dough so be sure to allow plenty of time for the dough to rise before shaping. Bake time is 45 to 55 minutes.


  • 20 grams fresh yeast
  • 120 milliliters milk (warm)
  • 500 grams flour (or a little more)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • salt
  • 120 grams sugar
  • 100 grams butter
  • 1 orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fennel
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 hard boiled eggs


  1. In a bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm milk.
  2. Add the flour, 2 eggs, 1 egg yolk, a pinch of salt, sugar, butter, orange juice, fennel, poppy seeds and cinnamon.
  3. Knead well for 10 minutes.
  4. Place dough in a bowl, cover with a clean cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  6. Place the dough on a floured work surface, sprinkle with flour, and knead well until the dough ceases to stick to your hands.
  7. If necessary, add more flour.
  8. Shape the dough into a ball, and remove 1/3 of the dough.
  9. Shape a flattened ball with the remaining 2/3 of the dough.
  10. Place on a baking tray greased with butter, or a silicone mat, and slightly flatten the dough.
  11. Place the boiled eggs in the center, and press them into the dough.
  12. Knead slightly the remaining dough, and make thin rolls with it.
  13. Place rolls on top, in a cross shape, and brush with 1 whisked egg.
  14. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes.
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NutritionView more

Sodium20% DV470mg
Fat49% DV32g
Protein51% DV26g
Carbs46% DV137g
Fiber24% DV6g
Calories950Calories from Fat290
Total Fat32g49%
Saturated Fat16g80%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat290
Total Carbohydrate137g46%
Dietary Fiber6g24%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Samantha W. 8 Jun 2015
These are a family tradition and I was so glad to find an updated recipe. The smell of these loaves cooking is outstanding. This was a good recipe to make with my kids as it is fairly simple and there is some kneading to be done. It is a good way for them to get their hands into the dough!