Holiday Eats: Rosca de Reyes from Mexico

Mexico FlagThe tradition of the “King Cake” spans continents, and is tied to the holiday of Epiphany celebrated on the 6th of January. One variety of sweet celebrating this day is the Bolo Rei of Portugal, and another variety is Rosca de Reyes from Mexico, a ring of sweet bread. Epiphany is known in Mexico as Día de Los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day), lending the cake its name. Much like the other King Cake varieties, the Rosca de Reyes has a trinket inside, in this case a small porcelain (or plastic) Jesus figurine, the finder of which has to host a party on February 2nd, Candelmas. The Rosca de Reyes is more of a bread than a cake, and instead of frosting, the bread is topped with candied citrus and a bit of sugar. The size of the Rosca is dependent on the size of your party, so here is a recipe if you are expecting a crowd, or another if you would rather have more individual-sized rolls.

Rosca de Reyes

Rosca de Reyes for sale in Mexico City


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3 responses to “Holiday Eats: Rosca de Reyes from Mexico

  1. This is a great post. I was just introduced to Rosca de Reyes this year, and it was fabulous. I love hearing about holiday foods from around the world, and would love to see more of this on your blog!

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