Rosca de Reyes...On the look out for Baby Jesus

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

This morning, my co-worker brought in a Rosca de Reyes. It's a Mexican tradition to have this Three Kings sweet bread on January 6th or the Epiphany. You can read more about it here.

A small porcelain or plastic baby Jesus is baked into the bread, and whoever gets the doll in his or her piece must host a party on February 2, Candelaria Day.

Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings Cake)
We were very impressed with the box!

Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings Cake)
This has pecans, nuts in the bread, and candied fruit. My friend has had the break with guava, papaya and dried figs in the past.

Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings Cake)
Baby Jesus! In our medium sized cake, there were two figurines in the cake. Lucky for us, the finder of Baby Jesus said she'd bring in the traditional tamales and hot chocolate on Feb 2nd! ;)

Today my Christmas lights came down and the Ephinany signals the end of the holiday season. Til next year!

P.S. Photos taken on my new Verizon Motorola Droid phone. Dude, this has an adjustable White Balance setting! I love my new phone! ;)
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Nanette said... [Reply to comment]


And GET OUT! That's from your PHONE?!?! How do you like the rest of the phone features? We're getting new ones soon.

Memória said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, wow! I've never seen a rosca with that much pasta (the colorful "paste") and walnuts on it! Woah. The box is beautiful! I made a rosca yesterday and blogged about it. I'm glad you made a post about this tradition. Thank you.

Acai Optimum said... [Reply to comment]

This looks really good... It makes my mouth watery! lol

Anna M. said... [Reply to comment]

this kind of reminds me of that cake/bread people get for Mardi Gras. I will have to check out your link for the story of the Epiphany & the 3 kings bread.

Nutmeg Nanny said... [Reply to comment]

Wow white balance on a cell phone! Awesome :) This bread looks great too...yum!

Eliana said... [Reply to comment]

My family celebrates Three Kings Day in the Dominican Republic. But I have never seen a cake sold for the ocassion. Looks tastey.

Dawn said... [Reply to comment]

I think you mean January in your post, there, instead of February.

The Food Librarian said... [Reply to comment]

Dawn, Thank you for catching that! I'm still writing 2009 so I'm all off on my dates! I corrected it. Best, mary

Hilary said... [Reply to comment]

This Mexican version of an Epiphany bread is new to me - neat! That baby Jesus has something of the alien about him, though...

Esi said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, your phone takes amazing pics. Your office sounds like a fun place :)

Mary said... [Reply to comment]

I have phone envy! I am getting excited for King Cake in a few weeks..I always want to get the baby in my piece!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

When I was in Mexico.. I loved to go the fresh bakeries in the am...

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