Three King's Day

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Three Kings Day, also known as The Epiphany, is celebrated on January 6th, twelve days after Christmas. It is often viewed as the last day of the Christmas season (the end of the 12 days of Christmas). You can find out more about how this holiday is celebrated here. If you'd like to have your own celebration, you'll find lots of crafts and fun ideas here.
Here is a recipe for King's cake. Although there are several versions, this is one I found on
"Traditionally, Rosca is served on Three Kings Day. A small baby Jesus figurine is baked into the bread. The one who finds the figurine in his or her slice of Rosca becomes the host for a dinner party for Candelaria in February."

Most of the preparation for this dish is in making the dough. Enjoy it any time of the year. This recipe makes two rings, divide ingredients in half to make just one.
Prep Time: 3 hours, 00 minute
Cook Time: 20 minutes

* 2 packets of dry yeast
* 1 cup warm milk
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 2 eggs
* 4 cups flour
* 1 cup flour for kneading the dough.
* 2 sticks of butter (1/4 pound each, softened)
* 2 cups brown sugar


1. Place the yeast in a large bowl and stir in the warm milk. Mix until the yeast is dissolved.
2. Stir in the sugar and salt.
3. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl, and then add to the mix.
4. Mix in half of the flour. When it is well incorporated mix in the rest of the flour.
5. Melt one stick of butter and stir into the mixture.
6. Lightly flour a kneading surface and your hands to keep the dough from sticking. Knead the dough until it is smooth, about 2 or 3 minutes.
7. Place the dough into a bowl, cover with a cloth, and set in a warm place to rise to double or more of its original size (2 to 3 hours).
8. Once the dough has properly risen, remove it from the bowl and knead it again for about 2 minutes.
9. Divide the dough into two equal parts.
10. For each half, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick. Brush with 2 tablespoons of melted butter (from the second stick) and then dust with 3/4 cup of brown sugar.
11. Roll the dough up into a spiral.
12. Grease a coffee ring mold with butter and generously dust with brown sugar.
13. Cut the remaining butter into bits and evenly distribute in the mold.
14. Cut the dough into 1 to 1 1/4 inch pieces and place into the mold next to each other until filling it.
15. Place the mold within another container with hot water. Cover and let rise for another hour.
16. Preheat oven to 400 F. Bake the bread for 15 to 20 minutes.

Serves: Makes two coffee rings.

kailani said...

I've never heard of Three Kings Day before. Who says blogging isn't educational? :-)

Vickie said...

This is why when people tell me why I have my tree up, I tell them technically Christmas isn't over with;)

Thanks for the recipe.

~ Italian Bella ~ said...

Epiphany is a big event in Southern Louisiana. It begins the carnival season (aka Mardi Gras). It also begins King Cake Season (yum for my tummy! LOL) Carnival goes from Epiphany to Fat Tuesday (day before Ash Wednesday). Then we begin Lent.

sheila said...

I've heard of this, it really is a cool tradition! I've never been an actual part of one though. Plus, with my luck, I'd bite in to the baby jesus and break something. :)


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