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El Roscon Project 365 Day 339 | by Keith Williamson
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El Roscon Project 365 Day 339

This is our Roscon de Reyes ready to eat last night.


The Roscon de Reyes is a traditional holiday dessert, served the night before or morning of “Reyes” or Epiphany, January 6th.


El dia de Reyes or simply Reyes is the day when children in Spain receive their gifts from the Reyes Magos – Wise Men or Magi.


It is traditional to put several surprises inside the roscon. Before the baker places the roscon in the oven, he or she wraps a porcelain figure and a haba or dry bean.


The person who finds the figure in their piece of roscon will have good luck and be the king of the party. On the other hand, the one who finds the haba must pay for the roscon – in Spanish: “Si es el haba lo encontrado, el Roscon pagaras; mas si ello es la figura, coronado y Rey seras…”


So far, I have been lucky. Each year, I seem to be the one to find the figure and Pamela the bean. However, it doesn’t make any difference because I pay for the cake and we all know who wears the pants in our house!


PS Pam got the bean again - we haven't found the figure yet.


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Taken on January 6, 2010