Rosca de Reyes (Spanish Christmas Wreath)

Guess what guys, EXAMS ARE OVER!!!

*yells and dances around the room*

I wish the last exam had gone a little bit better though.

Let me explain myself, ok? Let’s go.


So I had studied a whole lot, and believe when when I sat “a whole lot”, because I’m pretty sure I had spent over 15 hours studying for my last biochemistry exam in the past three days alone. I thought I was going to do well, because oh well, I had put a lot of effort in it. Though it didn’t turn out as expected :–(

 

 

I set my alarm at 6am in order to revise for the last time before the exam, which was at 8am.

The *enter all swears you can think of, I’ll be a lady and won’t curse here* alarm didn’t go off.

So, obviously, I was still asleep by 8 o’clock. How cool, right?

Mum walked in the room at 8 and yelled at me because I was still sleeping and the text was about to start. I had to get up and run to school in one second time so as to take the bloody exam, which I hadn’t revised for.

I was wearing my pyjamas.

No make-up. No washing my face. No brushing my hair.

I hadn’t had breakfast.

 

 

Needless to say, I pretty much panicked for as long as the exam lasted. I shuddered. I shivered. I forgot all I had studied. And I almost cried as well, but I didn’t because I really didn’t want to look as a big baby.

But man, it was terrible. I’m still so upset!

First thing I did when I got home was make cookies. I succesfully developed a recipe for healthy chocolate cookies which are both chewy and thick and not cake-y and wow, they’re flawless. I cannot wait to tell you more about it.

 

 

I also popped insane amounts of raw cookie dough into my mouth. I hadn’t had breakfast and I was starving, to say the least. It tasted like heaven to me, guys. And the baked version? Even better. Like, I made over 70 cookies and there’s not a single one left.

I’d be quite ashamed to tell you the amount of cookies that I devoured today to celebrate that exams are over… (!!!)… let’s just say I’ll have to add (lots of) extra miles to my list this weekend.

So worth it, anyway.

 

 

Let me tell you guys about this lovely wreath though. This is what the post is about:

Fragant, fluffy, festive Rosca de Reyes, a typical Spanish Christmas sweet bread that I’m sure you’re going to love!

We usually have it on the night of the 5th of January, before getting our presents. It has a lovely surprise inside, which is meant to bring you luck, love and stuff for the new year, if you find it inside your piece.

I know that Christmas is almost over for you guys… but if you’re going to add one more dessert to this year’s list… let it be this one. You can have it in January like us if you want to. Actually, it is the perfect excuse to have fluffy wreath for breakfast before we’re all too busy with our New Year resolutions.

 

 

Rosca de Reyes (Spanish Christmas Wreath)
Serves 18
Sweet, fluffly and aromatic: this traditional Spanish sweet wreath is the perfect Christmas breakfast.
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For the sponge
  1. 10 grams fresh yeast
  2. 130 grams bread flour
  3. 70 grams whole milk
  4. 1 tablespoon sugar
For the dough
  1. 60 grams whole milk
  2. 75 grams melted butter
  3. 2 medium eggs
  4. 25 grams fresh yeast
  5. 25 grams blossom water
  6. zest from one lemon
  7. zest from half an orange
  8. 480 grams bread flour
  9. a pinch of salt
  10. 150 grams sugar
To decorate
  1. half an egg
  2. 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. 12 maraschino cherries
  4. 3 tablespoons candied orange peel
For the filling
  1. 350 ml. heavy whipping cream
  2. 100 grams sugar
Instructions
  1. Start by making the sponge. Don't freak out: it's the easiest thing ever and it will only take you 15 minutes.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients of the sponge and form a ball.
  3. Place it in warm water and let it sit for 10 minutes until it floats. DO NOT LET IT SIT FOR LONGER THAN 15 MINUTES.
  4. Proof remaining 25 grams of yeast in warm liquid + 1 tbsp. sugar until foamy
  5. Meanwhile, mix all of the dough's dry ingredients and whisk until combined.
  6. Add melted butter, whisked eggs and the milk + yeast mixture.
  7. Mix with a wooden spoon until combined. Let it sit for 5 minutes so gluten develops and it's easier to knead.
  8. Turn to a lighty floured surface and knead for 15-20 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  9. Form a ball and place it in a greased bowl. Grease the ball as well. Cover with a damp towel and let it sit in a warm place for 1 + 1/2 hours.
  10. Form a ball with the dough and make a whole on it with your thumb. Make it as big as you want.
  11. Place an oven-safe glass in the whole so it doesn't disappear when it rises for the second time.
  12. Place wreath in an oven tray. Cover with a towel and let it sit for 45 minutes or until it has almost doubled its volume.
  13. Brush with the egg + sugar and arrange cherries and decorations on top.
  14. Bake in a preheated oven at 200ºC for 30-35 minutes. If the top browns too quickly, cover it with tinfoil for the last 10 minutes.
  15. Wait for it to cool before you fill it with cream.
  16. Halve wreath with a serrated knife ONCE IT'S COLD.
  17. Whip cream with sugar until stiff and pipe it onto the wreath.
  18. Enjoy.
Notes
  1. You can use whichever candied fruit you want to decorate it.
  2. Cream tends to melt if you don't eat it quickly. The higher the fat percentage, the longer it keeps it shape. Choose something over 35% fat, please! Clotted cream would be even better if you can get it!
  3. While you're filling it with cream, place a jelly bean and a little toy inside the wreath. The person who finds the bean has to bake the wreath next year, the one who finds the toy, will have a lucky new year!
Adapted from webos fritos
Adapted from webos fritos
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I know you want to, c’mon.

This bread + hot cocoa = perfect Sunday morning.

Enjoy it!

61 Comments

  • Reply Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor December 21, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Yay! Congrats, Consuelo! Now go relax and enjoy the weekend. I would love a slice of this bread, it looks incredible!

    • Reply Consuelo December 21, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you so much, Ashley! xo

  • Reply Elizabeth @ SugarHero.come December 21, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Congratulations, Consuelo! It must feel so good to be done! Sorry to hear about the terrible last test–but I’ll bet it went better than you thought! And hey, at least you had cookies to console yourself–can’t wait for that recipe! In the meantime, this wreath is GORGEOUS–I can see why it’s a tradition!

    • Reply Consuelo December 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      I hope it turns out better haha! Thank you so much Elizabeth! Have a great weekend :–)

  • Reply sprinklesandsauce December 21, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Looks beautiful!

    • Reply Consuelo December 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply blahnikbaker December 21, 2013 at 6:47 am

    First of all congrats on being done with exams!!! So happy you get to relax now and can spend time with your family with no exams to cram for. Secondly: OMG that exam morning was rough. And girl you are taking biochemistry? Hate it!! So hard. Very proud of you and I am absolutely sure you did great. Thirdly: This cake is beautiful. I would love a slice tomorrow morning for breakfast.

    • Reply Consuelo December 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Yeah, it’s definitely the most difficult subject I’ve taken this year :–(
      Thank you so much, Zainab! You’re the sweetest :–*

  • Reply Kumar's Kitchen December 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Since exams are over…this is just the right time to celebrate with this delicious wreath….everything in it looks so festive and adorable…we will feel a bit bad while eating it…it looks like a treasure…will certainly make every morning the best one with a cup of cocoa,thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo December 21, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Kumar! Have a nice weekend dear! :–)

  • Reply Monica December 21, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    This sweet bread looks so fluffy and light, not to mention festive! I’m glad your exams are over – sorry about the last traumatic end there. Hopefully, you did well enough. Now, enjoy all the holiday festivities!

    • Reply Consuelo December 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Yes, it’s time to enjoy now! ;–) Thank you so much friend!

  • Reply Kelly December 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Yay congrats on finishing all of your exams Consuelo:) Sorry to hear about the last one though, hopefully you still did well. This sweet bread looks amazing, great way to celebrate and hope you get to relax and enjoy the rest of your holiday just relaxing and spending time with your family and loved ones with lots of yummy food:)

    • Reply Consuelo December 21, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Let’s see how it goes haha 😉 Thank you so much, Kelly! I hope you enjoy your holiday with your loved oones as well! And have a great weekend! ;–)

  • Reply Johlene December 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Oh wow this roscon looks amazing!! I hope to find the bean this year so that I´ll be inspired to make it next year!!
    Happy Xmas to you and you family!! Xx

    • Reply Consuelo December 21, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Thank you so much Johlene! c:
      Happy Christmas to you all! xo

  • Reply holly ; the hobbit kitchen December 21, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    congrats on finishing your exams! sucks that your final one didn’t turn out as planned, but it’s over now & there’s nothing you can do – so you might as well just eat as many cookies as possible! 🙂 besides, i’m sure you did better than you think. you’re fabulous, lady!
    the hobbit kitchen x

    • Reply Consuelo December 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      Yeah the more cookies the merrier! Aww thank you so so so much, Holly! I hope you enjoy your holiday! ;–)

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments December 22, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Wow, what a beautiful dessert — it’s just perfect for a merry holiday!

    • Reply Consuelo December 22, 2013 at 12:24 am

      Thanks Marcie! Enjoy your holiday! :–)

  • Reply Dearna @tohercore December 22, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Gosh that sounds so stressful, you poor thing! At least they are over with now and Im sure you went better than you think 🙂 Great idea to have cookies to celebrate, yum! And this wreath looks lovely, perfect for Christmas!

    • Reply Consuelo December 23, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Thank you so much, Dearna! Happy Christmas! x

  • Reply Irina @ wandercrush December 22, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Oh no! I’m sure your exam went better than you thought… and at least it’s all over now! You’ll be okay. Cookies are the good therapy, and the satisfaction of crafting a flawless recipe is even better. This Rosca de Reyes is absolutely gorgeous, and the photos are so crisp. Can’t wait to hear about your cookie recipe, though 😉 Happy holidays, Consuelo!

    • Reply Consuelo December 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Let’s hope for the best 😉 Thank you so much, Irina! Happy holidays to you too :–)

  • Reply Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic December 22, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Congrats on finishing your exams! This Christmas wreath sounds delicious. Merry Christmas!

    • Reply Consuelo December 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks Bianca! Happy Christmas to you too! :–)

  • Reply cookingwithcurls December 22, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Oh wow, that is everyone’s worst fear….sleeping in and going to school in pajamas!! I’m glad your exams are over, and that you shared this wonderful dessert with us Consuelo. It looks absolutely amazing!!

    • Reply Consuelo December 23, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks God I had slept on yoga pants that night!! 😉 Thanks Lisa! xx

  • Reply Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens December 22, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I’m so happy for you that exams are over, but so bummed about the biochem – oversleeping your alarm on exam day is seriously one of those things people have nightmares about! You did the right thing soothing the situation with mouthfuls of cookie dough! (I CANNOT wait for that recipe, btw!) Now … this wreath … I just love it! The traditions behind it, how pretty it is, the wonderfully fluffy filling! My kiddos just gathered around me, peering over my shoulder at this gorgeous concoction – we love the story about the jelly bean and the tiny toy! 😀 Merry Christmas, Consuelo!

    • Reply Consuelo December 23, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Yup, that was terrible :–(
      Awww thank you so so much, Shelley! I’m supper happy you like this! Merry Christmas to you all! 🙂

  • Reply Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life December 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Oh no! That is horrible – bless your heart Consuelo! I’m so sorry the last exam had to go like that; congrats on finishing though! I bet you did great. If your school is anyhting like this Christmas wreath, then it is undeniably good. I want to eat all of this – yeasted breads? My biggest weakness. 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo December 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Naah, my school doesn’t look like that haha ;–) Thank you so mcuh Mary Frances! Have a nice holiday!

  • Reply makingthymeforhealth December 22, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Ugh, I hate it when that happens! I used to wake up late on accident all of time when I was in school and I can’t imagine it being on the day of your final exam. I’m sure you did fine though! I hope you enjoy your cookies and this deliciousness over the holiday break. It looks amazing!

    • Reply Consuelo December 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Let’s hope so! ;–) Thank you so much! x

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen December 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Congratulations on finishing exams! Sorry you overslept and your Biochemistry exam didn’t go as planned.
    This dessert looks fabulous, especially the creamy filling! I want to stick my finger right in it!

    • Reply Consuelo December 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Thank you so much, Christin! So do I haha 🙂

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl December 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Oh goodness, this is beautiful! I love the appearance, wins the most gorgeous award of course! Congrats on the exams, now relax! Have a great holiday!

    • Reply Consuelo December 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you so much Pamela! You too have a great holiday! x

  • Reply Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits December 22, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Hola Consuelo,
    He encontrado tu nombre en el bog de JoanneEatsWellWithOthers, y cuando llegué aquí a tu pagina y vi el roscón de reyes pensé que igual eras española. Por tu nombre diría que si pero tu inglés es buenísimo. ¿Eres española o americana? I’m American and my husband is Spanish, from León. Oddly enough I’ve never made roscón de reyes, since we don’t follow the Spanish tradition on that, but you’ve inspired me and I’m going to make it this year. ¡Enhora buena por terminar con los exámenes

    • Reply Consuelo December 23, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      ¡Hola Mireya!
      Sí soy española, pero muchísimas gracias por el cumplido ;–) Gracias por pasarte por aquí, y espero que te guste el roscón.
      ¡Feliz Navidad! x

  • Reply Joanne December 23, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I have TOTALLY been there, girl! Not fun. But the goods news is THEY ARE OVER! ANd now you can just bake bake bake. This wreath is gorgeous!

    • Reply Consuelo December 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you so much Joanne! Happy Holidays! x

  • Reply shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com December 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Yay – so glad your exams are over – but so sorry about that last one! To look at the bright side – at least you took it right?
    Now to this wreath – wow Consuelo – it is gorgeous and a great treat for Christmas day breakfast!

    • Reply Consuelo December 23, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      At least I did, yeah 😉 Thank you so much!

  • Reply Ashley December 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Yay for your exams being over!!! I’m sorry the last one didn’t go so well but at least they are done : ) And this Christmas wreath is so darn pretty! I would love to have this on Christmas morning!

    • Reply Consuelo December 23, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Thank you so mcuh Ashley! Merry Christmas! 🙂

  • Reply Carmel Moments December 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Baking is such therapy. It truly is. When I’m feeling down and blue it just revives me in some weird sort of way. Wreath is so pretty! Merry Christmas!

    • Reply Consuelo December 23, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      I agree ;–) Thank you so much! Merry Christmas to you too ;D

  • Reply caileejoy @hellohealthyeating.com December 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about the exam stress! That is such a pain… I just got home from college break so I hear ya when you say that you are relieved to be done!! And this wreath looks so beautiful!! Congrats on being done… and I hope that you have a lovely Christmas! 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo December 23, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Thank you so mcuh Cailee Joy! You too enjoy your holiday! x

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  • Reply Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes December 23, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Consuelo this looks AMAZING! What a beautiful wreath cake. And I am SO glad your exams are over!! Enjoy your holidays!!!

    • Reply Consuelo December 23, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Thank you so much Jessica! You too enjoy yours! x

      • Reply Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes December 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm

        Thank you! And OMG I just got to finish reading the rest of your blog story, I was flying the last time I didn’t get to read it properly. UGH I have so slept late for an exam too, so I understand! You’re so good though haha I won’t lie I probably would have stopped and put on makeup (ahh I’m so vain!). I’m sure you did better than you thought though :).

        • Reply Consuelo December 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm

          I would have loved to wear make up too :–( I looked like an orc hahaha. Thanks!

  • Reply Claire @ The Black Cat Kitchen December 24, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Well done Consuelo. I bet you will have done better than you think! This wreath looks absolutely delicious. Perfect for putting out over Christmas for everyone to snack on an d enjoy. Have a lovely Christmas!!!

    • Reply Consuelo December 25, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you very much Claire! Merry Christmas to you too :–)

  • Reply Amy @ Elephant Eats December 25, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Congrats on finishing your exams! This wreath looks like the perfect way to celebrate 😉

    • Reply Consuelo December 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Yay, thank you!

  • Reply OLGA LOPEZ December 29, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Wow a delicious and sweet bread.
    Great cooking blog.
    Regards
    olguis.

    • Reply Consuelo December 30, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Thank you very much, Olga! xx

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