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How to Make Three Kings Cake

Recipes for versions of a popular Christmastime treat.

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Spanish Epiphany Bread

  • Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F)
  • Preparation time: under 30 minutes
  • Waiting time: 15 + 90 + 90 minutes
  • Cooking time: 35-40 minutes
  • Cost: Moderate
  • Difficulty: Medium

    Ingredients

  • 450 g (3 c.) white flour
  • 75 g (1/3 c.) butter
  • 75 g (1/3 c.) sugar
  • 25 g (1 oz.) fresh yeast dissolved in 140 ml (1/2 c.) warm water
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg white, well beaten
  • 1 tbsp. brandy
  • 1 tbsp. orange flower water
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 silver coin, china figurine, dry bean, or whole almond (your choice)

    Decoration

  • Large pieces of candied fruit
  • Flaked almonds
  • A silver coin or dry bean

    Preparation

    1. Place the flour and salt into a large bowl.
    2. Make a well in the centre and pour in the dissolved yeast.
    3. Gradually mix in the flour.
    4. When the mixture is thick, sprinkle all over with flour and let rest for 15 minutes in a warm place.
    5. Meanwhile, cream together the butter and sugar.
    6. Mix the zests, brandy, orange flower water and the two eggs into the dough.
    7. Knead until it becomes smooth.
    8. Gradually mix in the butter, kneading constantly, until the dough becomes even smoother and more elastic.
    9. Cover with greased paper and let rise in a warm place for about 90 minutes, until the dough has doubled in volume.
    10. Place the dough on a floured surface.
    11. Knead for 2 to 3 minutes.
    12. Add in the silver coin, figurine, bean, or almond.
    13. With your hands, roll the dough into a long sausage-shape, approximately 65 cm (2 feet) long and 13 cm (5") thick.
    14. Place on a baking sheet, forming the dough into a circle.
    15. Join the two ends by pinching the dough together.
    16. Cover with greased paper and let rest another 90 minutes or until the dough has doubled in volume.
    17. Brush the crown with the beaten egg white.
    18. Decorate with the almonds and slices of candied fruit, pressing them down so that they stick to the dough.
    19. Place into a 180° C (350° F) oven.
    20. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the bread is cooked and golden brown.
    21. Place on a rack and let cool.
    French King's Cake (Galette des Rois)

  • Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F)
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Baking time: 20 minutes
  • Cost: Reasonable
  • Difficulty: Relatively easy

    Ingredients

  • 250 g (9 oz.) puff pastry (made with butter)
  • 1 egg yolk mixed with a drop or two of water
  • Almond paste
  • One dry bean

    Preparation

    1. Divide the puff pastry in half.
    2. Roll out to form two discs.
    3. Place the first disc on a baking sheet.
    4. Spread a layer of almond paste on top.
    5. Place the bean inside.
    6. Cover with the second circle of pastry.
    7. Using a knife, create a decorative pattern on the top of the pastry.
    8. Brush with the beaten egg yolk.
    9. Bake at 180° C (350° F) for 20-25 minutes, until the top is nicely browned.
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