The roscon de reyes is a light pastry that is traditionally eaten on Epiphany (6 Jan), but can also be eaten before and after this date. It is a large ring of light, sweet bread, decorated with slices of candied or crystallized fruit of various colors.
The story says that the biggest promoter of this candy was the French King Louis XV. The court chef, of Slavic descent, wanted to entertain the Monarch on Epiphany with a traditional donut of his country, but with a surprise in it: a diamond medallion that he bought in collaboration with other members of the service.
Nowadays, some roscones cream and even chocolate. Somewhere in the bun, hidden, is a religious statue. Whoever encounters it has to pay for next year roscon. Watch your teeth!
How to make Roscón de Reyes:
- First mix a little of the 250 ml of warm milk with 2 or 3 tablespoons of the strong flour.
- Add 25-30 grams of crumbled fresh yeast and stir.
- Cover and let it ferment in a warm place for about 15 or 20 minutes.
- Once the dough has fermented, put it in a large bowl and add the rest of the flour and gradually add the rest of the ingredients: sugar, lemon and orange zest, salt, milk, 2 eggs, sugar, orange blossom water and finally, the melted butter or margarine.
- Stir until you get a homogeneous dough.
- Dust a smooth surface and knead with your hands for a few minutes. Add a little more flour if necessary to make sure the dough works well.
- When well kneaded, roll into a ball and store in an airtight container or covered with one or two damp cloths in a warm place for a few hours.
- After a few hours, the dough has grown about twice as much.
- Remove from the bowl and onto a smooth floured surface, knead again and shape into donuts little by little.
- Make two donuts, one larger and one smaller, or make two medium ones.
- To make two donuts, separate the dough and knead each part as you shape and make the hole with your fingers.
- The hole will get smaller during baking, so make it big.
- Let them rest for another hour, well covered and in a warm place: a good trick is to preheat the oven to 50°C and turn it off when you put the donuts in.
- Finally, brush the donuts with egg and decorate them to your own taste, for example with frosted fruit, candied orange, blanc almonds, powdered sugar, or whatever you like. If we want to add a figurine that someone can discover, you can now hide it well in the dough.
- Once the king donuts are decorated, place them in a preheated oven at 18°C for about 20 minutes. A smaller donut may be ready after 15 minutes.
- Take them out, let them cool a bit and cut them in half if necessary and fill them with cream, truffle or your favorite filling.