How To Make Rosca de Reyes At Home

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The recipe I will be sharing today is Rosca de Reyes. It is a type of Mexican sweet bread. This bread is treated as special food for Three King’s Day. This day arrives 12 days after Christmas, which is January 6. Some bakeries even make a version of this bread with a filling of cream, jam, or custard.

Rosca de Reyes

Rosca means ‘wreath’ and Reyes means ‘king.’ So, Rosca de Reyes means ‘King’s Wreath’ when translated. That is why the bread is shaped like a wreath. In Mexico, it is a custom to have this sweet bread accompanied by a warm drink like hot chocolate or coffee on January 6.

To make Rosca de Reyes, add flour, eggs, egg yolks, white sugar, water, and dry yeast in a mixer. Also, add orange zest, lemon zest, and butter. Mix it until it forms a smooth dough. Set it aside for 45 minutes. Add toppings of your choice to the dough. Bake for 20 minutes. Let it cool, slice it and serve.

This was just an overview of the recipe. Find the complete recipe below.

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Ingredients for Rosca de Reyes

All-Purpose Flour4 cups
Eggs Yolks (separated)3
White Sugar¾  cup
Warm Water½ cup
Dry Yeast2 ¼ teaspoons
Zest of 1 Orange (grated)
Zest of 1 Lime (grated)
Salt1 pinch
Butter (softened)½ cup plus 1 tablespoon


White Sugar½ cup
Butter¼ cup
All-Purpose flour¼ cup
Candied Citrus Peels20

How Much Time It Will Take?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeAdditional TimeTotal Time
35 Minutes20 Minutes1 Hour 50 Minutes2 Hours 45 Minutes

Rosca de Reyes Recipe

Rosca de Reyes recipe
  1. In a bowl of an electric mixer, add 4 cups flour, eggs, egg yolks, white sugar, water, and dry yeast. Also, add orange zest, lime zest, and salt to it and mix. To this, add ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon of butter. Mix for about 5 minutes until you get a shiny elastic dough.
  2. Make a ball of the dough. Put it in a bowl and cover it. Keep it in a warm place for 45 minutes.
  3. After that, place the dough on a surface and press gently. Then, roll it and join the ends of the dough and make an oval ring. Place the dough ring on a baking sheet. Cover it and set it aside for 45 minutes to rise.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400oF.
  5. Whisk the egg whites in a small bowl. Brush it on the dough evenly.
  6. In another bowl, mix white sugar and butter to form a paste. Add some flour to it and mix. Make 5-6 balls from this and place each ball. Press them with the bottom of a cup to make a 1/8 inch thick circle and 3 inches wide.
  7. Place the circles evenly around the dough ring and put candied citrus peels on top of the dough.
  8. Bake it for 20 minutes until it turns golden brown. Cool it down for 20 minutes before slicing it and then serve.

Nutritional Breakdown of Rosca de Reyes

Protein8.3 g
Carbohydrates56.7 g
Fat15.5 g
Cholesterol126 mg
Sodium138 mg

How to Make Rosca de Reyes at Home | Video

Rosca de Reyes
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