Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings Bread)

Rosca de reyes three kings bread

The Spruce / Katarina Zunic

Prep: 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 3 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
423 Calories
24g Fat
44g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 423
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 190mg 63%
Sodium 351mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 8g
Calcium 114mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a great holiday bread shaped in a wreath, with a small Jesus figurine baked right in. While eating the bread, the person who gets the figurine has to provide the tamales for the next party, but everyone else tends to help anyway.


  • For the Bread:
  • 1/3 cup water (warm)
  • 1 packet yeast
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs (beaten)
  • 3/4 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise seed
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • A small figurine or toy
  • 2 cups candied fruit (assorted fruit cut into strips such as figs, orange, lemon, mango or cherries)
  • For the Topping:
  • 1 egg (beaten for an egg wash)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (topping)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for rosca de reyes
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  2. Sprinkle the yeast on the surface of the water and let it sit for 10 minutes.

    Sprinkle yeast
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  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast water, flour, sugar, eggs, butter, salt, cinnamon, anise seed, and vanilla extract.

    Combine butter, flour
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  4. Mix until a dough forms.

    Mix until dough forms
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  5. Knead the dough for 5 minutes, then cover and let rise in a warm area until dough is doubled in size, about 2 hours.

    Knead dough
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  6. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  7. Punch dough down and shape into a wreath. You can do this by simply rolling it into a log shape then bending the ends around to form a circle, or you can make three thinner strips and braid them, then put the ends together.

    Punch dough
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  8. The wreath should be about 12 to 14 inches in diameter. Lift up one area and insert the toy by pushing it up through the bottom. Smooth out any lumps or tears.

    Add decoration
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  9. Add the dried fruit by laying it across the top and pressing it in slightly. Let it rise until doubled.

    Add dried fruit
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  10. Brush top with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar and bake for approximately 45 minutes in the preheated oven.

    Add egg wash
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  11. Let cool, then serve and enjoy!

    Let cool
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