Tomorrow is Three Kings Day in Mexico, and across the country, everyone is buying or baking a Rosca de Reyes to celebrate the day. Traditionally, a small baby doll is inserted into the bread. Whoever gets it in their slice hosts a fiesta for all their friends on D?a de La Candelaria in February. You hope you don’t get the doll, because then you have to buy tamales and tequila for everyone and that gets expensive!
Last year I baked it as one large loaf, the way you usually see this bread. http://cookinginmexico.com/2010/01/06/rosca-de-reyes-three-kings-bread-for-epiphan/
This year, I made mini roscas to give to friends. And I made a frangipane, an almond filling to serve with the roscas. You can read more about this tradition and see the recipes on my blog, Cooking in Mexico. http://cookinginmexico.com/2011/01/05/mini-rosca-de-reyes-with-frangipane/
Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s to another year of great cakes, pies and breads.