La Rosca de Reyes (King’s Cake, King’s Bread)

Big Rosca de Reyes in Azúcar Bakery
Big Rosca de Reyes in Azúcar Bakery

La Rosca (wreath) de Reyes (reyes), also known as King’s bread or King’s cake, is a sweet bread which is eaten on King’s Day (Ephiphany) celebrated in many countries on January 6th. The bread is shaped in the form of a wreath and has candied fruit on top, and a figurine inside. The figurine is “hidden” in the bread, to symbolize the hiding of the infant from King Herod’s troops on the day of Los Santos Inocentes, the Holy Innocents.

In Mexico, the person who gets the slice of rosca with the doll in it is expected to host a party on Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas), celebrated on February 2nd, when tamales are served.

Today, I visited Azúcar, a family-owned  bakery, located at 3415 W. Belmont Avenue (Belmont & Kimball Avenue) in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.

Dough is divided and weighted. 

Azúcar has 3 sizes a roscas.Dough is divided into three different sizes

Dough is shaped in the form of a wreath
Shaping a wreath on the baking sheet
Brushing top with egg wash
Brushing top with egg wash
Adding the dried fruit by laying it across the top and pressing it in slightly
The Rosca de Reyes symbolizes a crown and the dried fruit on top are jewels on the crown.
Adding more dried fruit and decorative paste
This is how it looks before putting it in the oven
This is how it looks before putting it in the oven
Done!
Azúcar’s biggest Rosca de Reyes
Rosca de Reyes


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