Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Recipe: Spanish King's Bread

    INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1 Tablespoon orange-flower water or strong tea
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 6 cloves
  • 1/4 pound butter
  • 1 Tablespoon lard or shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon brandy or cognac
  • 1/2 cup milk, scalded and cooled
  • 5 cups unbleached flour
  • Candied fruit slices
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar, preferably coarse
  • Details

  • Yield: 1 bread ring
  • Prep Time: 4 1/2 hours
  • Difficulty: • • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: Spain

Also Called: Roscon de Reyes

This recipe is from Penelope Casas' The Food and Wines of Spain. Almost every country has a version of Epiphany bread or cake, and this is a Spanish version.

DIRECTIONS

Dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Simmer the remaining 1/2 cup of warm water with the orange-flower water or tea, lemon rind and cloves for 10 minutes, covered. Cool. Discard the cloves. Cream together the butter, lard, sugar and salt. Beat in the 2 eggs, then add the brandy, milk and water-and-lemon mixture and softened yeast. Gradually mix in the flour with a wooden spoon until a soft and slightly sticky dough is obtained. Knead on a floured working surface, adding more flour as needed, about 4 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a large oiled bowl, turn to coat with the oil, cover with a towel and place in a warm spot, such as an unlit oven, to double in size, about 2 hours. Punch down the dough and knead about 5 minutes. Insert a good luck coin. Shape the dough into a large ring, pinching the ends to seal. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Decorate with the fruit slices, pushing them down slightly into the dough. Let the ring sit in a warm spot for about an 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Brush with the egg, which has been mixed with a teaspoon of water, sprinkle with sugar and bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a deep golden brown.

Recipe Source: Recipes for a Holy Family by Holy Family Academy, Manassas, VA, Morris Press, 1999
Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! December 19
Federal debt as a social-justice concern December 19
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17