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For other uses, see Rosca (disambiguation).
Roscas "chonchinas" from Chonchi (Chiloé, Chile)
Rosca from Madrid, Spain

Rosca (ring or bagel) is a Spanish and Portuguese[1] bread dish eaten in Mexico, South America, and other areas. It is made with flour, salt, sugar, butter, yeast, water and seasonings. It is also called ka'ake and referred to as a "Syrian-style crack ring."[2]

A Mexican rosca de reyes
The procession San Blas with Roscas

Roscas de reyes (ring of kings or three King's bread) is an oversized version colored with candy fruit.[3] It is part of the celebration of the Three Kings. Raisins, milk, anise, cinnamon, vanilla and colorful candy fruit are also used depending on the recipe.[4][5] A plastic miniature baby can be hidden inside with the person finding it seen as the lucky winner of the prize.[5]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Maggie Glezer A blessing of bread: the many rich traditions of Jewish bread baking around the world Artisan Books, 2004 ISBN 978-1-57965-210-4, page 187
  3. ^ [2] page 32
  4. ^ Virginia Nylander Ebinger Aguinaldos: Christmas customs, music, and foods of the Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas Sunstone Press, 2008 ISBN 978-0-86534-689-5, page 234
  5. ^ a b Beth Hensperger Beth Hensperger's bread made easy: a baker's first bread book Ten Speed Press, 2000 ISBN 978-1-58008-112-2, page 84