To the left is the dough after being mixed with the spoon. It really wasn't difficult to mix up this this way.
|This is after kneading for 8 minutes.|
Now, here is the recipe.
THREE KINGS DAY BREAD (ROSCA de REYES)
1/4 cup warm water (105-115 degrees F)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup mixed candied fruit
1 egg yolk
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2-2 Tablespoons fat-free milk
- In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the warm water and 1 teaspoon of the granulated sugar. Sprinkle in the yeast and let stand until foamy, 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, the remaining granulated sugar, and the salt. Make a well in the center and add the eggs, butter, vanilla, and yeast mixture. Stir until the dough starts to gather around the spoon.
- Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured counter; knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes, adding a little more flour if the dough becomes too sticky.
- Spray a large bowl with nonstick spray; put the dough in the bowl. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm spot until it doubles in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
- Punch down the dough, roll it into a 16-inch rope and join the ends to make a ring. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray and place the dough ring on it. Decorate the top of the ring with the candied fruit pieces, pressing them into the dough slightly. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm spot until puffy, 30-45 minutes longer.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush the dough with the egg yolk. Bake until golden and firm, about 30 minutes; transfer to a rack to cool.
- Meanwhile, combine the confectioners' sugar and milk in a medium bowl, stirring to make a smooth, thin glaze. Drizzle over the top of the cooled bread.
I didn't add the glaze, only sprinkled with confectioners' sugar, because we don't care for the glaze on top.
I am part of a First Friday bridge group that meets at our church, and it is my Friday to be hostess. I actually baked this bread to take to serve on Friday morning, along with some fresh strawberries and pineapple. There will be leftovers, of course, and the Man of the House will be very happy about that.:-)
Thank you for reading. I appreciate your comments.
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