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