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Monday, January 22, 2018

ROSCA WITH A RECIPE FOR KING'S DAY CAKE

coil, ring, twist, curl, spiral; ring shaped cake made with wheat flour, if available, and yeast, covered with egg white, sugar, sprinkled with colored sweets and decorated with loops. The cake dates back to pagan times. Three hundred years go, the Christian church picked up on the tradition, using the same type of cake in Kings’ Day celebrations on January 6th. Although not traditional during the Middle Ages, a home baked cake was made to celebrate the arrival of the three kings to Bethlehem on January 6th. [ES: Carroll-Mann.Guisados 2-art. Jun 6, 01:ftn 133; and García Rey. 1934:13]

TODAY’S KING’S DAY CAKE, THE SUCCESSOR OF THE ROSCA, A MEDIEVAL RING SHAPED CAKE

Ingredients

Yummy Kings' Day Cake
Today called "Rascón de Reyes"
Photo by: Lord-Williams
2 c flour
1 c warm milk
1 ½ - 2 tbsp fresh yeast
½ c 120 g sugar
½ c 120 g melted butter or margarine
2 eggs and 1 yolk
2 tsp salt
½ tbsp orange blossom water
zest from 1 large lemon and 1 orange

Garnish
1 egg beaten
candied fruits as desired such as slices of an orange
powdered sugar
figurines that can be baked

Preparation

Mix warm milk with 2-3 tbsp flour. Crumble fresh yeast and add. Mix well. Make a ball out of the dough. Cover and let rise 15-20 minutes in a warm place.


Put the dough in a large bowl and add the rest of the flour and ingredients little by little in the same order as the list of ingredients.


Knead the dough by hand for 10 minutes. Cover and let sit covered with two or three damp cloths for a couple of hours in a warm spot without air currents, When the dough has doubled in size knead it little by little and shape like 2 or 3 oval crowns as per the desired size or sizes.

Be sure to make the hole in the middle larger then desired for it will shrink when the cake is baked. Let this mass sit for an hour, covered and in a warm spot. If cold, heat oven to a little over º100ºF and turn it off. Put cakes in oven to keep them warm.

PREHEAT OVEN TO 180ºC.

Prepare ingredients to paint the cakes: beat one egg. Prepare and decorate cakes with candied fruit like slices of oranges and sliced almonds. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. If desired, stick figurines in dough.

Put cakes in preheated oven at 180º for 15-20 minutes depending on the sizes of the cakes. Remove when done and let cool. If desired, slice cakes horizontally and fill with whipped cream or almond cream.  



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