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Rosca de Reyes (Kings’ Ring Cake) 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

First of all I wish you all a wonderful year and I hope you continue following me in my Mexican Food Memories adventures, this year will be full of great recipes, travels and more! Here is the first recipe of the year.

It is January, I am sure you are all thinking about starting to get fit and eat healthier after all that Christmas and New Year’s dinner and drinks, well, good! that is the most sensible thing to do when you start a new year, but if you were Mexican, you were all be thinking about eating the Rosca de Reyes on January 6th. Rosca de Reyes or Roscón de Reyes is a Spanish and Latin America King’s cake pastry traditionally eaten to celebrate the arrival of the three wise men during Epyphany, traditionally the cake is made in a round or oval shape and decorated with dried or candied fruit and quince and a little plastic doll, representing baby Jesus, the little doll is placed inside the cake and in Mexico whoever finds the little doll has the “Tamales duty”, it means that that person will have to make tamales on February 2nd (Día de la Candelaría) and invite everyone who were that day eating Rosca.

On the same day, in most of Spain and some countries in Latin America, children get presents, which are attributed to the Three Wise Men. In Mexico children usually leave their shoes by the door with a note for the Three Wise Men. In my family we used to get some money in our shoe, I used to love Kings’ Day very much, it was like another day to have fun, get together with family and friends and eat the nice and delicious cake with a nice hot Mexican chocolate.

Today I am sharing this recipe with you, it is not my recipe and I didn’t make this rosca, I bought it in Barcelona in a very nice bakery and the guy there kindly share with me this recipe. I really hope you give this recipe a try, because you do not have to be religious to eat this lovely cake and it is a nice tradition, which is what I love.

Serves 6

Time 1 hour 30 min approx

Ingredients 

  • 500 g all purpose flour
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 200 gr butter to room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 7 egg yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 orange blossom water
  • 15 g easy bake yeast

To decorate

  • 4 red glace cherries
  • 3 glace orange slices
  • 3 slices green cheese quince
  • 2 tsp white rock sugar
  • 150 white marzipan
  • 1 little doll

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees or gas mark 4. Then have all your ingredients ready to use on the surface you are going to work on.
  2. Place the 500 g flour on the surface that you are going to work, make a little hole in the middle so you can place the other ingredients.
  3. Add half of the sugar, butter, salt, 3 eggs and the orange blossom water and start mixing the ingredients, once they are mix, add the egg yolk, the rest of the sugar and the 15 g of easy bake yeast and start working the dough.
  4. Work the dough until all the ingredients come together and the dough feels flexible, usually this takes around 15 to 20 min.
  5. Oil a bowl and place the dough in there, cover it with a tea towel and let it rest in a warm place until it double its size.
  6. Take the dough out of the bowl and make a long piece like a long worm, then place the marzipan in the middle of the dough and give it a round ring shape.
  7. Whisk an egg and using a baking brush, egg brush the dough.
  8. Decorate the cake with all the dry fruits and green quince placing them on top. Hide the little doll inside the dough. Let it rest again so it rises a bit more, around 10 to 15 min.
  9. Place it in the oven for around 20 min or until is brown and cooked.
  10. Sprinkle some white rock sugar to give it a nice finish. Have a slice with a nice  hot cup of Mexican chocolate.

Listo!

Provecho!

Published by

Karla Zazueta

Mexican living in London

4 thoughts on “Rosca de Reyes (Kings’ Ring Cake) 

    1. Feliz Año Amiga! Thank you for the lovely comment, but I didn’t do this rosca, I bought it in Barcelona and the baker very kindly share the recipe the recipe with me ??

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