~ La Rosca de Reyes (King Cake) ~
For a Spanish Inspired Christmas & New Year
I LOVE this festive bread, La Rosca de Reyes, a Spanish celebration bread that is often called King Cake, that is infused with oranges, lemons and sometimes lines, as well as being decorated with candied peel and other fruits – usually cherries, figs and sometimes apricots. In France there is a similar bread called La Galette des Rois, which, can be made with puff pastry or leavened bread, (like the Rosca de Reyes) and contains a little porcelain figurine which are hugely collectable, as well as a cardboard crown……more about that in a minute!
I was asked to bake this delectable cake as part of the Rosca de Reyes Bake-off over at Cosmos; I must come clean and tell you that by baking this cake, I have been entered into a competition to win a prize of a £500 holiday to Spain……and, who wouldn’t love to win that given the icy weather we are having right now! I can also tell you that if you vote for me, as I hope you will (!!) you will automatically be entered into a draw to win £50 of vouchers to spend on Christmas gifts or Christmas decorations over at very.co.uk , which is rather nice! So, if you think my La Rosca de Reyes is as stunning as I do (!) and I know it tastes delectable, as do my family and friends, please pop over the my entry here: Rosca de Reyes Bake-off Entry 1: Lavender and Lovage, and vote for me! I also submitted an article to accompany my recipe and photos there, and I was rather pleased that they also added a very complimentary nice bio and photo of me there too!
I hate asking for votes in contests like this, but, if you do want to vote than that would e wonderful and it is not all compulsory …..but, you might win that £50 voucher too, so it could be a win-win situation! Back to my Rosca de Reyes – I like to prove my dough overnight, as it gives the cake a better crumb. I also make my sweet pastry topping with orange blossom water, for an extra citrus and floral flavour. I decorated my cake with jewel coloured candied cherries and peel, as well as whole almonds, and I think that the cake looks absolutely stunning both before and after it has been baked, as you can see from the photos!
You can read all about the traditions of the crown and the cake in my post over at Cosmos, here: Revel with a Home-Made La Rosca de Reyes, and if you do fancy voting, voting is very simple, you just have to leave a comment at the bottom of the post and award me between 1 and 5 stars! The recipe for my Rosca de Reyes is also there, and as soon as the contest is over, and I am in Spain (!!) I will add the recipe to my post here. Have a wonderful week, time is speeding away from me now, and I can tell you that I have lots of wonderful and very seasonal posts to write between now and Christmas, as well as a few new 5:2 diet recipes too……it’s all go in the Lavender and Lovage kitchen! See you later, Karen
“If you vote for me you will be entered into a draw to win £50 worth of Christmas gifts from very.co.uk (http://www.very.co.uk/christmas/en/christmas.page)”
This is a Sponsored Post as well as being an entry into the Cosmos Rosca de Reyes Bake-Off.
Karen S Burns-Booth