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Chocolate Rosca de Reyes

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Recipe created by Pati Jinich.

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  • Servings: 16 to 18 servings


Original reipce makes 2 dozen Change Servings

  • Starter:
  • Bread:
  • Glaze:
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To make the starter: In a small bowl, mix sweetened condensed milk and water. Heat in a microwave at 20 second intervals until it’s 100-110° F. Stir in the dry yeast granules; allow to rest 10 minutes. Once it has dissolved, add the flour. Mix it combining thoroughly, until it has no lumps. It will be gooey, runny and sticky. Leave it in the warmest area of your kitchen, where there are no drafts or wind currents, for about 20 to 30 minutes until it puffs up (to about double or triple its volume) and has bubbled on top.

To make the bread: In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter and beat on medium-low speed until soft. Add 2/3 cup sugar and beat until combined and fluffy. Continue beating as you add one egg at a time, beating for a few seconds after each addition. Reduce to lowest possible speed and add the cocoa. Once it is well mixed, add the starter (milk and yeast mixture). Then gradually add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and a pinch of salt. Continue beating anywhere from 7 to 8 minutes, the dough will be elastic and sticky. Gather it all into a ball.

Butter a large mixing bowl, place the dough in the bowl, cover it with a cloth or clean kitchen towel and leave it in the warmest, draft-free area of your kitchen. Leave it to rest and rise for 2 hours or until it doubles its size.

Butter a large baking sheet or pizza stone.

Punch down the dough with your fist. Form it into a thick rope, or log shape, and bend the ends to form an oval shape on the baking sheet or pizza stone. Gently lift up a small portion, so you may insert a coin or figurine and push it inside the dough. Cover with a cloth or clean kitchen towel and let rise for about 45 minutes to an hour, until it doubles its size again.

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

In a small bowl, beat the remaining egg and the water with a fork to make an egg wash. Brush all over the rosca or ring. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Decorate it with the candied cherries and orange rind, if using, spacing them out, leaving space for the icing you will add once the rosca is baked. Bake the bread for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool.

To make the glaze: In a small bowl, pour the melted butter. Incorporate the sweetened condensed milk and the vanilla with a whisk or spatula. Incorporate the confectioners’ sugar, and continue to mix until fully combined. Once the rosca has cooled, make thick icing stripes, by pouring one heaped tablespoon on top of the rosca and letting it come down on both sides. Continue, making about 10 to 12 stripes.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Servings: 16 to 18 servings
Calories 330
Calories from Fat 110
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 50mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 6%
Sugars 25g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 4%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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