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Rosca de Reyes
Posted By Ben On January 7, 2009 @ 11:14 am In Bread and Baking,Desserts and Pastries | 34 Comments
In Mexico and many other Christian countries Epiphany, celebrated on January 6th, marks the end of the Christmas season. Mexican kids go to bed early on January 5th expecting to find gifts next to the Nativity scene the following morning. Last year I wrote about this holiday, Día de Reyes, and how it is celebrated in Mexico. Rosca de Reyes is the traditional sweet bread that Mexicans eat with hot chocolate that morning after opening presents. Last year I bought a rosca at my local Mexican market, but this year I decided to make it myself and share the recipe with my readers.
Roscas are usually baked with a porcelain or plastic baby Jesus inside. Traditionally the person that finds it is supposed to prepare tamales on February 2nd to celebrate Candlemas. I didn’t include any figurine in my rosca, but I am planning to have a big tamale night around that date, anyway. The candied fruit that it is usually used for roscas are figs, cherries and acitron (candied cactus paddles), but I didn’t find any of those so I used the fruits from a candied fruit salad (kiwi, pineapple, strawberries and papaya)
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