My Abuela’s Table – Three Kings Men Day: Dia de los Reyes Magos

by Jenny Butler
Thursday 16th June 2011

Today is your last chance to leave a comment to go into the draw to win one of three copies of Daniella Germain‘s lovely new cookbook, My Abuela’s Table. Comment by 10.00pm tonight – the 3 lucky winners will be announced tomorrow! Thanks Daniella! – Jenny x

This is a very special celebration in the Mexican calendar, to mark the bearing of gifts to baby Jesus from the Three Kings. While children in other parts of the world eagerly await the arrival of Santa Claus on December 25, Mexican kids wake up on January 6 (Dia de Reyes), to baskets full of toys and sweets. In typical Mexican style, food features prominently on this occasion and the most popular treat is a slice of three kings men ring (sweet bread), and a cup of steaming hot chocolate. Enjoy the recipes below any time of year, but it’s extra special to celebrate these yummy treats on January 6.

Three Kings Men Ring Cake (Rosca de Reyes)
Makes two ring cakes

7 g dry yeast
2 tablespoons warm water
165 ml warm milk
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons rose water
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
¾  cup soft butter
5 cups plain flour, sifted
2 crystallised oranges, finely chopped
½ cup crystallised fruit, finely chopped
½ cup sultanas
rind of 1 lemon
½ cup hazelnuts, chopped
extra crystallised fruit, for decoration
½ cup caster sugar, for sprinkling
1 plastic baby Jesus (if you can find one!)

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C.
  2. Dissolve yeast in the warm water. Add milk, sugar, rose water and salt. Combine well.
  3. Add 3 eggs, butter and 1 cup of the flour.
  4. Mix the remaining flour with chopped fruit and lemon rind and then add the yeast mixture. Add the nuts and knead for at least 5 minutes until firm.
  5. Cover with a clean cloth and leave in a warm place for 1 hour. When risen well, divide the dough into two portions and form two rings.
  6. Place rings on a greased baking tray and cover with a cloth, leaving in a warm place for a further 2 hours.
  7. Brush rings with the remaining beaten egg and decorate with the extra crystallised fruit.
  8. Sprinkle caster sugar on top and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Serve with a mug of Mexican hot chocolate – see below!

Chocolate Caliente  (Mexican Hot Chocolate)
Serves 4

4 cups milk
200 g dark chocolate (or 8 tablespoons cocoa)
4 cinnamon sticks
sugar to taste

  1. Bring milk to the boil over medium heat.
  2. Turn off heat and add chocolate.
  3. Whisk vigorously with an egg whisk or a molinillo.
  4. Serve immediately with a cinnamon stick to stir each cup with, sugar to taste and a plate of biscuits.

Daniella x

by Jenny Butler
Thursday 16th June 2011


  • Cathg1g2 5 years ago

    Mexican hot chocolate…yes, yes, yes…esp today!

  • Bianca 5 years ago

    Yummmm, hot chocolate mmmmm…….

  • Jelena 5 years ago

    So delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely traditions with us this week, I’ve enjoyed looking at your nice illustrations each day! I will be going to treat my bookshelf with a copy of your cookbook for sure! x

  • Yum hot chocolate! 50g of chocolate per person sounds ridiculously delicious. Mmm.

  • Nadine 5 years ago

    Just delightful, Daniella’s book makes me yearn to travel.

  • jo 5 years ago

    I could go one of those hot chocolates today!!! Beautiful work :)

  • Bri 5 years ago

    Goodness gracious me. Those illustrations are just beautiful.

  • Claire 5 years ago

    What a GORGEOUS looking book and wonderful story. Congratulations on your book being published Daniella!

  • melanie w 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous way to set out a recipe book and might i add YUMMMM!

  • michelle 5 years ago

    oh my – now all I can think of is chocolate…..

  • Julia 5 years ago

    oh my, nomnomnom! x

  • Jenny 5 years ago

    It’s all so beautiful, but I especially love the final ingredient for the Three Kings Men Ring Cake, ‘1 plastic baby Jesus (if you can find one!).’

  • Bianca 5 years ago


  • Miss Amy 5 years ago

    Mexican hot chocolate looks yummy!

  • Caroline 5 years ago

    Now I know what to do with the weekend coming up – spending it in the kitchen!!

  • tali 5 years ago

    oh my gosh, i love her illustrations! pick me! pick me! :)

  • Penelope 5 years ago

    This cookbook is gorgeous – such beautiful illustrations!

  • Lauren 5 years ago

    Just beautiful illustrations and yummy too!

  • Grant 5 years ago

    The Rosca de Reyes recipe looks to be a real winner. Rosewater bless!

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    Gorgeous illustrations! I love the story behind this delicious cookbook as well, handed down through the generations. Just so lovely!!

  • Sarah Austin 5 years ago

    i bought some cinnamon sticks on my way home this afternoon so i can try out the hot chocolate tonight

  • Nichola 5 years ago

    What a beautiful tradition & store behind the recipe :)

  • Nichola 5 years ago

    ..’story .. ooops :)

  • Anna 5 years ago

    Enjoying a Chocolate Caliente right now!

  • Fiona 5 years ago

    the illustrations make this book seem really friendly,a book to get attached to

  • Milka 4 years ago

    What a lovely recipe! I grew up celebrating El Dia de Los Reyes Magos and now I’m raising my three boys with the tradition. Living in Maine makes it even more special because many of their friends are not familiar with the celebration and my children can teach them. I will have to try your recipes!!

  • Miriam 2 years ago

    So honored and blessed to begin this tradition with my 8 year old this year.

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