Prep 3 hrs
Cook 40 mins
The Day of Kings (el Dia de Tres Reyes), or Epiphany, is celebrated on January 6 to commemorate the day the magi arrived bearing gifts for the infant Jesus. The Day of the Kings is observed by Latin cultures with the making and eating of a rosca de reyes, a sweet bread on the order of Louisiana's King cake, with a hidden tiny plastic baby (or a dried bean), representing the baby Jesus, inside. If you get the slice with the "baby", you will have good luck all year. Serve with delicious hot chocolate. From Ofelia Escobedo as published by the North County Times in California.
- 1 packet yeast
- 1⁄4 cup lukewarm milk
- 3 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour (more may be needed)
- 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 7 eggs
- 1⁄3 cup melted butter
- 1 dash salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon anise seed
- 1⁄2 cup raisins
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 cup chopped candied figs
- 1⁄4 cup chopped candied orange
- 1⁄4 cup chopped candied lemon peel
- 1⁄4 cup chopped candied cherry
- 1⁄4 cup chopped candied citron peel
- 1 egg, beaten
- granulated sugar
- dried beans (or a small baby figurine)
- Dissolve yeast in five tablespoons lukewarm milk and let sit five minutes.
- Add the flour, sugar, eggs, melted butter, the remaining milk, salt, cinnamon, aniseed, raisins and vanilla.
- Combine and knead dough until no longer sticky.
- Grease dough with some butter, cover and let rise until the dough doubles in size.
- Grease a baking sheet.
- Punch down dough and knead lightly.
- Form dough into a ring or"rosca" about 12 inches in diameter.
- Place the dough ring on baking sheet.
- Decorate the top of the ring with the candied fruit.
- Let the dough rise again until doubled.
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
- Brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
- Bake 40 minutes or until done.
- Insert the baby figurine or bean from the underside.