Happy Sunday and welcome to the first 2014 edition of Sunday Snapshots. Today I have a sweet treat to share with you, Three Kings bread or Rosca de Reyes. The bread is part of Mexico’s celebration of the Epiphany holiday celebrated every 6th of January. Last year I wrote an article all about the holiday, the bread and also included a recipe. If you’re interested in the history and would like to make your own rosca you can read it here.
Since discovering that bread, and other simple starches, were the main trigger for my hypoglycaemia I’ve had to avoid it as much as possible. And though I’ve been very good about removing those foods from my diet, since arriving in Mexico I’ve allowed myself a few bread indulgences — it’s been difficult having to pass up so many of the sweet breads I grew up eating (insert sad face here), but I can’t complain too much because I’ve been indulging on many other foods (insert happy face here). This year instead of baking a huge rosca like last year, we purchased two small personal sized bread pieces for us to enjoy.
We bought these two cute roscas (rings) from the bakery in our local grocery store. Right as we were approaching the bakery section we could smell buttery, sweet, breads being taken out of the ovens. Let me tell you, if you love butter (who doesn’t) you would have not wanted to leave this section of the store. The bakery had several sizes ranging from big enough to feed 40 people to these single serving pieces. Though the traditional shape of the bread is a ring, this bakery was also preparing cute cane shapes.
This was our first Three Kings Bread in Playa and it couldn’t have tasted better. Oh, how I wish you could taste this pillowy soft, buttery, sweet but not overly sweet, bread. The red and green strips you see are candied guava, the brown pieces are slices of figs, and they all tasted wonderful. The breads smelled and tasted even better than they look. We ate ours for breakfast alongside a café con leche or coffee with milk and it was amazing!
Have a great Sunday and ¡feliz día de Reyes!