Rosca de Reyes

Rosca de Reyes

Three kings men ring cake

My Abuela's Table
two ring cakes

Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day), on 6 January, marks the arrival of the 'Three wise men' bearing gifts for baby Jesus. Rosca de Reyes is a crown-shaped sweet bread decorated with jewel-like fruit. Traditionally, a plastic baby Jesus is hidden in the dough before it is cooked. If you cut the piece with the doll, you must host the next festivity!


Quantity Ingredient
7g dry yeast
2 tablespoons warm water
165ml warm milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons rose water
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
3/4 cup soft butter
5 cups plain flour, sifted
2 crystallised oranges, finely chopped
1/2 cup crystallised fruit, finely chopped
1/2 cup sultanas
1 lemon, rinded
1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped
extra crystallised fruit, for decoration
1/2 cup caster sugar, for sprinkling
1 plastic baby jesus, (if you can find one!)


  1. Preheat oven to 190°C.
  2. Dissolve yeast in the warm water. Add milk, sugar, rose water and salt. Combine well.
  3. Add 3 eggs, butter and 1 cup of the flour.
  4. Mix the remaining flour with chopped fruit and lemon rind and then add the yeast mixture. Add the nuts and knead for at least 5 minutes until firm.
  5. Cover with a clean cloth and leave in a warm place for 1 hour. When risen well, divide the dough into two portions and form two rings.
  6. Place rings on a greased baking tray and cover with a cloth, leaving in a warm place for a further 2 hours.
  7. Brush rings with the remaining beaten egg and decorate with the extra crystallised fruit.
  8. Sprinkle caster sugar on top and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Serve with a mug of Mexican hot chocolate.
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