Traditional “Rosca De Reyes”

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Traditionally baked round as an allusion to a King’s crown, the Rosca de Reyes (or Kings’ Bread) is a staple of the holiday. Hidden within the sweet bread is a “baby jesus” figurine — the individual who finds the toy in their slice must then prepare tamales for everyone on the Day of the Candles, which is celebrated on February 2. Recipe Ingredients: – 6 cups flour – 3 tablespoons yeast – 5 egg yolks – 5 eggs – 1/2 cup of margarine – 3/4 cup sugar – 2 teaspoons orange blossom water – candied fruit – 1 egg for brushing – 1/2 teaspoon salt – 1/2 lemon zest Directions: Dissolve the yeast into 4 tablespoons of warm water and add 1/2 a cup of flour to form a small ball of dough. Let it sit for 30 min. in a warm place until it has almost doubled in size. Make a ring shape with the rest of the flour and pour the eggs, 1/2 a cup of sugar, and the salt in the middle. Mix together and then add the egg yolks, the orange blossom water, the lemon zest, the margarine and the small ball of dough. Knead together well, make a ball and let it rest in a warm place covering it with a damp towel for 20 min. until it’s grown in size substantially. Knead again and form a large ring (or two smaller ones). Place in a buttered and floured tray, brush it with a beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar. Before putting it in the oven decorate it with the candied fruit. Bake until golden.

Source:
http://m.huffpost.com/us/slideshow/273064?entry_id=2412379&slide=2

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