December 31, 2014
A Bullseye View loves a fresh spin on classic traditions. So this year, we’re celebrating Three Kings Day, a popular holiday that commemorates the arrival of the three kings in Bethlehem, with three top bloggers. We asked them to share some fun ideas for food, decorations and gifts. For a little inspiration, keep reading — and ¡Feliz Día de los Reyes!
ROSCA DE REYES, REINVENTED
Oriana Romero, Mommyhood’s Diary
The most widely known tradition associated with Three Kings Day is eating a Rosca de Reyes, a sweet bread shaped like a wreath, decorated with candied fruit and nuts on top. Perfect with a cafecito! You can buy these Roscas in Hispanic bakeries throughout the country, but making your own is a chance to experiment and shake things up a bit. I have to confess that I was eager to make a chocolate version of this classic recipe. Why? Because in my opinion chocolate makes everything better.
Chocolate Three Kings Bread
Makes 12 servings
What You’ll Need:
3 cups bread flour
1 envelope (3⁄4 oz) highly active yeast
6 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1⁄2 tsp. Market Pantry ground cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp. Kosher salt
3 eggs at room temperature
1⁄2 cup Market Pantry granulated sugar
3 tbsp. Market Pantry butter, melted
1⁄4 cup almond liqueur
1⁄2 cup Market Pantry whole milk
1 egg + 1 Tbsp. water for egg wash
Market Pantry almonds (slivered and sliced)
Plastic baby dolls (optional)
What You’ll Do:
1) In a medium bowl mix flour, yeast, cocoa, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
2) Place eggs, sugar, butter, almond liqueur and milk into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the hook (bread paddle) attachment; mix on medium speed until combined. Add the flour mixture, in three batches, and continue mixing until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and mix until the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about eight to 10 minutes. The dough should be elastic but not sticky; if too sticky add a little more flour, about a tablespoon at a time.
3) Form a ball and place dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for two hours.
4) Line a baking tray with lightly greased parchment paper.
5) Place dough on a lightly floured surface. You can divide the dough, in 2 equal parts, to make 2 medium sized breads, or leave as is to make a big one. To form the ring just make a hole in the middle of the ball, with your fingers, and stretch the dough with your hands until reaching the desired size. Transfer to the prepared baking tray, cover and let rest for one more hour.
6) Preheat oven to 350⁰F, allowing at least 20 minutes before transferring the bread ring(s) to the oven
7) Brush top of the ring with egg wash. Decorate the top with candied fruits and almonds, pressing them in gently.
8) Bake for 20 minutes, or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving. After the bread has cooled insert the plastic baby dolls from the bottom of the bread, if desired.
If you want to make your Chocolate Three Kings Bread even more irresistible, cut in half, and fill it with whipped cream. Store tightly wrapped at room temperature.
Angie Ramirez, Little Inspiration
Celebrating Los Tres Reyes Magos (The Three Magic Kings) is a part of my childhood I will never forget. Every holiday season, I involve my kids with baking and decorating and it’s a great way to help them understand what Dia de Los Reyes is all about. This year, we set a traditional table but gave it a festive, kid-friendly twist using some favorite finds from Target as decorations.
We decorated each place setting with toy animals (my little girl helped me pick them out) and gave them each a pipe cleaner mini crown (crowns are a major Tres Reyes Magos motif). As we made the little crowns, we talked about the Tres Reyes Magos; my daughter loved hearing my stories and kept asking for more!
I fell in love with Target’s Smith & Hawken boxwood wreath the day I laid eyes on it. I used one as a colorful base for my table’s centerpiece and hung one on my wall, adorning it with more of the mini crowns to tie it into the Tres Reyes Magos theme.
Silvia Martinez, Mama Latina Tips
On the evening of Jan. 5, my boys each put out one of their shoes near the Christmas tree before going to bed. The “Three Kings” place gifts next to the boys’ shoes in the middle of the night, just as they did for me when I was a little girl.
Since the Three Kings were scientists and astronomers, you can focus on toys and games that will help nurture and develop the scientist, engineer and mathematician within. It’s a thoughtful way to spin the gifting tradition that also sparks conversations about the origins of the holiday with your kids.
The following gift suggestions are scientific, or intellectual, in nature (and all are available at Target).
- Engineering and construction toys like the Lego Architecture Series (United Nations HQ, Creator and Star Wars)
- Basic science instruments like microscopes and binoculars are perfect for the young scientist observing nature close up.
- Math skills are essential for crafters, so check out the Craftabelle line which offers projects like jewelry, accessories, greeting card kits, a wooden loom creation kit and more.
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