Ecuador: Día de Reyes January 6, 2017 celebrated with roscas

Posted on January 3, 2017 • Filed under: Culture, Ecuador, Ecuador Trivia

BAKERIES BUSY PREPARING FOR THREE KINGS DAY IN GUAYAQUIL reported the celebration of Three Kings Day (Día de Reyes) takes place on January 6. Tradition states the Magi visited and brought gifts to the Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. Roscas are very popular for this celebration and is called Roscas de Reyes. The round or oval-shaped bread usually has candied fruits, figs, chocolate, dulce de leche and a variety of nuts.

Bakeries are busy preparing roscas. At the Panadería California in Guayaquil, around 1,500 are produced daily at this time of the year. The head of production, Luis Mendoza says one of the secrets to making a good rosca de reyes is the fermentation. The bread dough is allowed to ferment for 12-13 hours. He says this produces a rosca that’s more digestible. The candied fruits decorate the bread as if it were a crown. Last year, the Panadería California sold 32,000 roscas. Read Article

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