Do you know what “Three Kings Day” is?….It’s the day which is celebrated on Januray 6th each year. In Christian faith, on this day three wise men (magi) who were known to be noble kings, priests or astrologers in search of truth, followed the North star and brought three gifts for baby Jesus to celebrate his birth.
In Latin America, children write letters to the magi asking for gifts and then leave their shoes out of the house on the night before January 6th, hoping to receive gifts from the kings on the day. On this day, families bake “Rosca de Reyes” and children dress up as the magi and parade around their neighbourhoods.
Rosca de Reyes is a sweet bread with cinnamon-almond filling. The wreath-shaped bread is made to resemble a crown, with the glace fruit on top of it representing the jewels of the crown. You can put candied orange and lemon peels on top, as well as glace cherries. I chose to use only candied citrus peels, because the glace cherries I found in my local supermarket were just full of artificial colours and preservatives, which I rather not eat to be honest 😀
The wonderful smell of citrus, almonds and cinnamon fills the house when the bread is baking is in the oven, so if you’re after something different to bake this holiday season, give this a go! Your family and guests will ask for seconds 😉
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WISH YOU A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR AHEAD 🙂
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♫♫♫ “Mis Deseos-Feliz Navidad” (Michael Buble Duet With Thalia) ♫♫♫♫
1 3/4 cup plain flour
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup Light olive oil
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/3 cup tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped roasted almonds
Zest of two oranges
Olive oil for brushing
Candied orange and lemon peel (homemade is the best, here’s an easy recipe)
1. Heat the milk on the stove or in the microwave.
2. Place the sugar, yeast,salt and oil in a large bowl and pour the hot milk over it. Stir to combine. 3. Add the eggs and whisk so that sugar is dissolved completely. 4. Add the flour one cup at a time, mixing in between to form a rough dough. 5. Transfer to a floured surface and knead for a few minutes until the dough is smooth. 6. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and let rise in a warm draft-free place to rise for 1hr 30 minutes. 7. Punch the dough to deflate it and then flatten the dough to a rectangular shape (approximately 30 cm x 20 cm). 8. Brush the inside area of the rectangle with olive oil, leaving 1cm on the sides.
9. Mix the sugar, cinnamon, sand zest in a small bowl and then sprinkle on the dough. 10. Add the chopped almonds. 11. Starting from one of the long edges, start rolling the dough slowly. When you reach the other end, pinch the ends so they stick completely.
12. Place the dough on a baking sheet, lined with baking paper.
15. Brush the top of the bread with beaten egg and decorate with candied fruit and flaked almonds. 16. Bake in oven for 30 minutes. If it starts browning too quickly, cover it with foil after the first 15 minutes.