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Peruvian Rosca de Reyes

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Wednesday, January 13, 2010

There is this great article on Canela and Comino (a website about food, kitchens and the flavors of Peru) that talks about the Peruvian Rosca de Reyes which translates to Peruvian King's Ring, which is a beautiful and delicious pastry that is eaten and made for the celebration of the Christian/Catholic holiday of the Epiphany (6th of January).  The Epiphany is a feast day that celebrates the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, and focuses on his birth as well as the visit of the three magi (or wise men?) from Bethlehem. 

DISCLAIMER!: BY NO MEANS AM I VERSED OR KNOWLEDGEABLE IN RELIGIOUS HISTORY, SO DON'T CAST YOUR STONES UPON ME FOR THE POSSIBLE INACCURACIES THAT YOU MAY AND PROBABLY WILL FIND IN THE ABOVE TEXT 

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THE ESTABLISHMENT

Welcome back!  As I was saying the Peruvian Rosca de Reyes is in my personal opinion similar in taste to the traditional and dreaded fruit cake that is unwillingly consumed in the US.  My opinion however is only a reflection of the store bought versions of the Rosca de Reyes that I have eaten, I would more than happily like to have my previous statements retracted if I were to a good Rosca de Reyes (again this is all just personal preferences here!). 

Looking at the photo provided on Canela and Comino's website I would imagine these were taken by the author since she holds a passion for cooking, baking and food in general (I respect that!), which leads me to also conclude that she baked it as well.  I must admit those photos did make my mouth water, just a little. 

Anyways the article on the her website is an in depth discussion and dissection of the famous religious holiday treat (Jeez, trying saying that three times fast!).  I would definitely encourage everyone to give it a good read.  If you are a big food buff (one f or two?) you will enjoy some of her other articles as well.

*photo taken from canelaycomino.com website

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