Roscon De Reyes @ Three Kings Bread

This is what they called as the Three Kings Bread or Roscon De Reyes in Spanish. It is normally eaten on the 6th of January to celebrate Epiphany Day (which we don't celebrate here). These breads are eventually decorated with colourful topping, either with coloured cherries or sugar frosting but what I did today was something a lot simple. My son  special request NO preserved cherries topping. So, I used brown sugar for topping instead and dried apricot in dough mixing. The bread tastes nice & refreshing though. According to Elra's Baking, this is actually the Mexican version of Three Kings Bread.

(Recipe adapted from here)
Ingredients :
450gm bread flour
1/2 tspn salt
75gm sugar
75gm butter
1 orange rinds
1 lemon rinds
140ml warm milk
2 tbsp yeast
2 tbsp  rum (optional)
* 1/2 cup dried apricot, roughly chopped & soaked with rum
Egg glaze : 1 egg yolk + 1 tspn milk
Topping : 1/3 cup brown sugar + 2 tbsp hazelnut meal

Method :
(1) add yeast into warm milk & leave to rest untill dissolved.
(2) combine flour, salt, lemon & orange rinds and sugar in a big mixing bowl.
(3) stir in milk mixture to form a soft dough. (4) add in butter and continue kneading untill combined.
(5) keep dough covered and leave to rest for an hour.
(6) punch dough to release air and add in dried apricot knead to combine.
(7) roll dough into a rope shape and then form a ring shape.
(8) place to baking tray and leave to rest for another 40mins.
(9) brush on egg glaze and sprinkle on the topping.
(10) bake at preheated oven at 170-175'C for 25-35mins or untill brown.

This bread is quite large. No problem feeding the whole family for one or two days. haha..... Maybe some day this will become the Asian version of Roscon De Reyes !!!! :o)
(festive food, bread, )


  1. GORGEOUS! Love the apricots you snuck in there.

  2. Superb! I love BREAD and this looks yummy!

  3. That looks so good!!!It's similar to a cake that we bake during christmas here at Portugal, called Bolo REi, or King Cake.It's made with fruits, almonds, and others dried fruits.


  4. Oh to live next door to you and your baked goods. How welcoming this is - how warming - how sweet. Great way to kick off Mardi Gras.

  5. you are a good chef in making bread too.

  6. You certainly baked a huge variety of bread...this one sounds delicious and full of flavor!

  7. Kristy, your bread looks delicious, light and so pretty.
    Hope you are having a fabulous week :)

  8. This is actually a favorite in Louisiana where they sell it mostly during Mardi Gras. Nicely done Kristy, live the dried apricots and toppings. Always love your diversity in recipes!

  9. i've seen quite a number of mardi gras cakes in the blogs last week, though you do not have that colour sprinkling, i'm sure this taste absolutely delicious, i also like the look of the inner crust that i can see here!


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