Kings cake celebrates wise men
Epiphany, or the arrival of the three wise men, is celebrated in Latin American culture with a family gathering where a "Rosca de Reyes," (ring of kings) cake is eaten.
The round or oval bread is decorated on top with colored icing and dried fruits to resemble the jewels in the kings' crowns. It is eaten on Jan. 6, during Dia de Reyes (King's Day), which celebrates Christ being revealed to the gentiles (symbolized by the traveling wise men).
In Madras, Panaderia Las Cuatas, or The Twins Bakery, offers three sizes of Rosca de Reyes for customers – large, medium and personal size. Father Misael Vazquez, and son Jesus Vazquez, are the bakers at the family-run business, which makes Mexican breads and pastries.
Jesus Vazquez said a plastic baby Jesus is baked inside the king's cake, and whoever gets it in their piece on Jan. 6, is considered blessed for the coming year. That person also is responsible for hosting a dinner with tamales and sometimes pozole on Feb. 2, which is Dia de las Candelaria, or Candlemas Day.
"The Rosca de Reyes is a finer, top-of-the-line bread, made with more butter, eggs and milk," Vazquez said.
The Twins Bakery, located at 35 SE D St., in Madras, has been in business for 10 years, selling pastries to the public, and making deliveries to customers in Bend, including the Food For Less store.
"My parents have twin daughters, so they named it The Twins," Vasquez explained.
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