Rosca de Reyes: the ultimate feast at the end of the Christmas season

The great feast of the end of the Christmas season: the Rosca de Reyes.

And yet, you are most likely wishing that you do not have to pay the tamales on Candlemas Day. This traditional dessert is eaten in other countries too. However, only in Mexico it is customary to hide a doll inside the cake.

But before entering the subject, let us locate the origin of the Day of Kings and the Rosca. Every January 6, the Epiphany is commemorated in various European and Latin American countries; that is, the biblical story of the Magi from the East who came to meet and worship the Infant Jesus. This celebration spread throughout Europe during the Middle Ages.

The tradition arose of hiding a bean or other small object inside a dessert to name a “king” of the celebration. Exactly, as it is done in the Rosca de Reyes.

It is widely believed that the tradition of the Rosca de Reyes comes from France, precisely from the dessert called Galette des Rois. (Cookie of Kings).

The most popular version of Galette des Rois comes originally from northern France. It is not a fluffy bread, but a dough of golden puff pastry and filled with frangipane, a cream based on sweet almonds, butter, egg and sugar; the dough is prepared with chocolate and candied fruit. But, unlike the rosca, it does not have decoration on the outside.

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