Here's some of what we've learned:
Their celebration is called Las Posadas (in Spanish it means dwelling or lodging). The Posadas begins on December 16 and continues for the following 9 evenings, with the Posada on December 24 and midnight mass.
The Rosca de Reyes was a big hit around here. The only part they didn't care for were the candied fruits (cherries and oranges). We didn't put any figs on ours because I knew the boys wouldn't eat them. Joey was the first person to find a baby, but over the next couple of days everyone managed to have find at least one baby in a piece of their cake. The recipe we used was for a large cake or two smaller cake. We were given 6 babies to place in our cake from Father.
Mexican Christmas Posada Song (and translated into English)
In the name of heaven Well if it's queen
I ask you for shelter, who's asking
for my beloved wife why is it that she's out at night,
can go no farther. wandering so alone
This is not an inn My wife is Mary
Get on with you, she is the Queen of Heaven,
I can not open the door, she will be mother
you might be a rogue. to the Divine Word.
Do not be inhuman, Is that you Joseph?
Show some charity, Your wife is Mary?
God in heaven Enter pilgrims
will reward you. I didn't recognize you.
You may go now May the Lord reward you
and don't bother us anymore for your charity,
because if I get angry and may the sky be filled
I will beat you. with happiness.
We are worn out Happy home,
all the way from Nazareth, harboring on this day
I am a carpenter the pure virgin,
named Joseph. the beautiful Mary.
Never mind your name, (The doors are opened and those outside enter as all sing)
Let me sleep, Enter holy pilgrims, pilgrims
I've already told you receive this corner
We won't open the door. not this dwelling
but my heart.
We request lodging, Tonight is for joy,
dear innkeeper, for pleasure and rejoicing
for only one night for tonight we will give lodging
for Queen of Heaven. to the Mother of God the Son.
There are many different recipes, but this is the one we used.
Rosca de Reyes
Large bread serving 16 (2 small breads)
1/2 cup of warm water
2 envelopes of dry active yeast
4 cups all purpose flour (plus more for dusting)
3/4 cup of sugar
3 large whole eggs
4 egg yolks mixed with 2 Tablespoons of water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 Tablespoon orange extract
1 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened (plus more for bowl and plastic wrap)
Freshly grated orange zest
Ingredients for the topping
3/4 cup of all purpose flour
6 Tablespoons margarine
1/2 cup of confectioners sugar
Dry fruit like figs, candied oranges or cherries
1 egg beaten for glazing the bread
1 Tablespoon heavy cream or whole milk
white sugar to sprinkle on top of the bread
a couple plastic baby dolls (or a dry bean)
1. Pour warm water into a bowl and sprinkle with yeast. Stir with a fork until dissolved, then let stand until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup of the flour and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 25 minutes.
2. Meanwhile mix flour, eggs, egg yolks, sugar. orange extract, orange zest, salt, and butter in a large mixing bowl. Mix until crumbly.
3. Add yeast mixture to the bowl and mix. It will very sticky! Place onto a floured surface and start kneading until you have a smooth dough. It will take about 15 minutes to get this result. *Do not add too much flour to your work area, the texture should be soft and managevable. If you add more flour than needed your bread will be dry.
4. Once your dough is smooth and elastic, place in a buttered bowl, and cover with buttered plastic wrap. Let dough stand in a warm doubled in bulk, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Make sure your kitchen is warm to help your dough rise.
5. While the dough is resting, mix the following ingredients for the decoration: margarine with the confectioners sugar. Then add in the flour and egg yolk until you have a smooth paste.
6. Preheat your oven at least 20 minutes before baking at 375 degrees with rack in lower third. Turn dough out onto a floured surface, and knead a few times, then shape into a round cushion and make a hole in the middle. Shape into a ring and baby dolls. Transfer to a greased rimmed baking sheet and cover loosely with buttered plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes. Gather all your decorations and the egg wash. For the egg wash whisk remaining egg with cream.
7. Brush the dough with the egg wash. Form strips with the confectioners sugar paste and decorate the dough. Place some of the pressing gently into the dough. Sprinkle with sugar and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 10 m bread is a nice golden brown color. Depending on your oven it may require more time.
8. Transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool.
*Do not forget to let your guests know there are plastic babies inside the bread.
Rosca de Reyes can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
*I had pulled the recipe from internet. I had viewed so many different recipes and lost track of who gets credit for this recipe. If I can find it or if anyone comes across the owner of this recipe I will give credit to them.