Recipe: Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings Sweet Bread)
This ring-shaped bread, baked in Peru and Mexico, contains a surprise: a small doll representing the baby Jesus baked right in. The bread is served on Epiphany—January 6—and whoever gets the slice with the doll must host a party on the next festival day. For a party-size rosca:
1 .6 oz (2 3/4 cakes) compressed yeast
8 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups butter, softened
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
- Crumble the yeast into 1/2 cup warm water. Mix with the remainder of the dough ingredients and beat until the dough is smooth and elastic. On a large, ungreased baking sheet, shape the dough into a large ring. Tuck a miniature plastic doll inside the dough. Cover the ring with a clean cloth or towel and leave it in a warm place for 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 350˚ . After the ring has risen, before baking, prepare the decorative paste by creaming the butter and sugar in a medium bowl. Beat in the egg, then gradually mix in the flour. Decorate the ring with the paste by making rays out from the center.
- Bake 40–50 minutes, until ring is golden brown. Decorate with candied fruit.
Recipe by Karen Hursh graber. As presented in Mexico Connect, www.mexconnected.com.
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