Authentic roscon de reyes
Roscon de Reyes
Prep Time
1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins
 
Roscon de reyes also known as the crown of kings is a Spanish broche with Mediterranean flavors prepared in honor of the feast of Epiphany.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Spanish, Vegetarian
Servings: 3 crowns
Author: Vera Abitbol
Ingredients
For the crown
  • 8 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1-½ cup whole milk warm
  • 1-½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 4 egg yolks
  • Zest of two oranges
  • Zest of two lemons
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum
  • 4 tablespoons orange blossom water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
For the toppings
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Candied fruits
  • Pearl sugar
Instructions
  1. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of sugar and yeast in warm milk. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes in a warm place until foam forms on the surface.
  2. Mix the flour with the citrus zests, the remaining sugar and the diluted yeast. Then add the softened butter, egg yolks, rum, and orange blossom water. Knead for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the salt and knead until the dough comes off the sides of the bowl.
  4. If the dough really looks too sticky, adjust by adding very little flour at a time. The softer and stickier the dough is, the softer and airy the brioche will be. The dough must absolutely not be compact.
  5. Cover the dough and allow it to rise in a warm, dry place, away from drafts for 3 hours. The dough must have at least doubled in volume.
  6. On a work surface, degas the dough for less than a minute.
  7. Divide the dough into three pieces and form three crowns with a large hole in the center.
  8. Place the wreaths on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Cover the dough with a cloth and let it rise again in a warm and dry place, away from drafts for 45 minutes. The crowns must double in volume.
  10. Preheat the oven to 320 F.
  11. Mix the egg yolk and the milk, and brush the whole roscon of reyes.
  12. Decorate with candied fruits and pearl sugar.
  13. Cook for about 30 minutes.