Mexican Bread for the day of Holy Kings. I hope you enjoy, so easy and delicous you can make it any day of the year.
14 g dry yeast
125 g Warm Water (½ cup)
500 g all purpose flour (4 cups)
3 egg yolks
90 g granulated sugar
½ tsp salt
1 tbs orange Zest
1 tsp Vanilla extract
180 g Unsalted Softened Butter (¾ cup butter)
+2 tbs milk (optional)
90 g margarine or salted softened butter
90 g powdered sugar
90 g All purpose flour
2 egg yolks
2 oz citron cut into strips (red and green )
candied figs (optional)
candied cherries (optional)
dry fruit (optional)
1 egg slightly beaten
granulated sugar for garnish
In a small bowl or cup, we are going combine the warm water with the dry yeast and two tablespoon of all purpose flour, stir well until dissolved, and let it stand for 20 minutes in a warm place.
After 20 minutes, the yeast mixture is ready to be used, it looks very thick and bubbly.
Place the all purpose flour in a large bowl, make a well in the center, and right in there in the center of the bowl, add in the rest of the ingredients, which are: three eggs, a pinch of salt, three egg yolks 90 grams of sugar, 180 grams of softened unsalted butter, a tablespoon of orange zest, and also add in the yeast mixture, and don’t forget to also add in a teaspoon of vanilla extract. With your fingertips start mixing all the ingredients together, and once all the ingredients are combined now start incorporating the flour, you willl get a very sticky dough, if you think the dough is kind of dry, and you were not able to combine all the ingredients together, feel free to add one or two tablespoon of milk, like i said it will be very sticky and elastic, just like you see in the video.
Once all the ingredients are incorporated in a sticky dough, we will transfer the onto a flour surface and we will knead it for about 8-10 minutes , and you can use up to ½ a cup of extra flour, to knead it, but try not to use more that than otherwise the dough will harden and lose its elasticity,and the bread will be really hard and dry
The dough will continue to be really sticky so I recommend that you use a spatula to help you knead it, if you use the spatula, the kneading will be easier and you will not need to use as much flour
Once the dough is ready, place it in a bowl, and cover it with plastic and let it rest in a warm place for about 1 hour or until it doubles in size. (spray or rub the bowl with vegetable oil.) (If the weather is too cold outside, you will need to give the dough a little more time to rise...
Prepare the decoration:Now with an electric mixer we will crema the butter, and once the butter creamed, now add in the sugar, and two egg yolks and mix until combined, after that add in the flour, and continue to mix until everythings is well combined into a soft dough, once it´s ready refrigerate it until you are ready to use it.
After an hour the dough has doubled in size, now we are ready to knead it again, just need it for about 3 minues, and you will only need about 3-4 tablespoons of extra flour to knead it.
Then shape the dough into a large ring and place it on a prepared baking sheet (baking sheet is greased and floured.)
Place the ring loaf on the baking sheet and seal the ends of the ring together to close the ring. Insert the tiny plastic dolls from beneath the dough. Let the dough rise again in a warm place for another 40 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400ºF
Prepare the decoration::
Divide the powdered sugar dough into six equal sections, and keep them in the refrigerator
After 40 minutes, now the loaf has risen again, so now we are going to decorate it. Brush the ring with a beaten egg.
Now we are going to daecorate the ring with the powdered sugar dough. Grab a section of the powdered sugar dough, and roll it with your hands until you get a strip long enough to decorate the ring, my sugar strips are about 4 inches long and 2 inches wide but you can make them as long and wide as you like …
Place the powdered sugar strips around the ring, try to place them one facing another, then decorate the ring with the candied or dried fruit, you can use citron, cherries figs, or any other candied or dried fruit you prefer.
Once the ring is decorated, now sprinkle it with granulated sugar, and we are going to bake it at 400º for 20 minutes or until cooked.
Once it´s done, let it cool a bit and then enjoy!