Three Kings Cake

January 6th is the Day of the Three Kings in Mexico –  El Dia De Reyes. The three wise men who arrived 12 days after Christmas with gifts for the Christ child.  Some ninos receive gifts from both Santa Claus and the Kings but the traditional day for Mexican child to receive gifts is January 6th. On Kings day, it is custom for families and friends to gather and drink hote chocolate and eat Rosca de Reyes. See below how to make this delicioso cake for your friends and familia.

 

Ingredients

Dough:

⅔ cup milk

⅓ cup butter

⅓ cup sugar

½ teaspoon salt

2 eggs

2 teaspoons of instant yeast

3 ¼ cup flour.

 

Filling:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons of sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup of mix nuts

¾ cup dried fruits

1 tablespoons lime zest

 

Garnish:

Red cherries and orange peel

Toasted nuts to taste (these can be cashews, almonds, pecans or walnuts)

 

Method

Simmer milk over medium heat. Pour milk over butter, sugar and salt until butter is melted. Cool down mixture to lukewarm.

Combine milk mixture, eggs and yeast in a mixing bowl. Add the flour gradually and mix till a smooth dough forms.

Place the dough in a greasted container, cover it and let it set for approximately 1.5 hours.

After the first rise, deflate the dough and cover, resting for 10 minutes.

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface.

For the filling, brush the dough with melted butter. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.

Add nuts, fruits and zest. Sprinkle mixture evenly over the surface of the dough.

Roll the dough up and pinch the seam together creating a doughnut shape. To keep the bread round, grease a small bowl and place the ring around the bowl, pinching together to seal.

Flatten the ring, hide candy inside the bread and pleace striped of candied orange or cherry peel to decorate.

Bake for 30-40 minutes. Once golden coloured and cooked through, cool bread on a rack.

 

Buen Provecho!