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Three Kings Bread

Three Kings Bread recipe
photo by:kraft
This traditional Mexican bread is made to celebrate Three Kings Day. The person who finds the surprise buried inside the bread (this time pieces of chocolate) carries on more
30 min
3 hr 50 min
24 servings or 3 loaves, 8 servings each
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What You Need

pkt.  (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast
Tbsp.  warm water
cups  flour, divided
cup  granulated sugar, divided
tsp.  salt
whole  eggs, divided
 egg yolks
oz.  (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed, softened
cup  canned sweetened condensed milk
oz.  BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
cup   each softened butter, powdered sugar and crushed PLANTERS Slivered Almonds
cup  dried mixed fruit, cut into strips

Make It

COMBINE yeast, warm water, 2 Tbsp. flour and 1 tsp. granulated sugar in large mixer bowl. Let stand 10 min. Add 3-1/2 cups flour, remaining granulated sugar and salt; beat on low speed with mixer until blended. Add 2 whole eggs, egg yolks and cream cheese; mix well. Gradually add condensed milk, beating on low speed until mixture is well blended and forms soft dough. Add yeast mixture; beat 3 to 5 min. or until dough forms ball.

KNEAD dough on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic; shape into ball. Place in greased bowl; turn. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let dough rise in warm place 1 to 2 hours or until doubled in size.

PUNCH down dough; divide into 3 equal pieces. Place on lightly floured surface. Roll out dough, 1 piece at a time, to 12x8-inch rectangle. Break chocolate into 6 equal pieces. Place 2 pieces, 4 inches apart, on center of one rectangle; fold lengthwise in half, then roll into 18-inch log. Bring ends of log together to form ring; place on parchment-covered baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap. Repeat with remaining dough. Let rise in warm place 1 hour or until doubled in volume.

MEANWHILE, mix butter, 1/2 cup flour, powdered sugar and nuts until blended. Divide into 12 equal pieces; roll each to 1-inch log. Refrigerate until ready to use.

HEAT oven to 350°F. Whisk remaining egg; brush over dough. Place 4 (1-inch) pieces of nut topping, 2 inches apart, on top of each loaf. Bake 20 min. Carefully remove bread from oven; brush with remaining beaten egg. Top with dried fruit. Bake 5 min.

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Cooking Know-How
Plastic wrap forms a tight seal and helps keep the dough moist while rising.
What Is Kings Bread?
It is a Mexican tradition that brings the family together for an after-dinner treat on January 6th of every year. Kings Bread is usually accompanied with hot chocolate which links, once again, the Indians and the Spanish. Kings Bread was characterized for its circular shape but as more guests were invited for the gathering, it started to attain a larger oval shape. The tradition is that whoever finds the inside treat, which is usually a porcelain baby, would automatically be the godfather or godmother of the baby. Therefore, he or she has obligations such as bringing the baby back to the host's house on February 2nd along with a traditional dish.
How to Knead Dough By Hand
Combine yeast, warm water, flour and sugar as directed. Place half the dry ingredients in large bowl. Add liquid ingredients; stir with wooden spoon until blended. Add remaining dry ingredients; stir until mixture forms dough. Place on lightly floured surface. Add yeast; mix well. Knead dough 10 to 12 min. or until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if needed. Shape into ball; continue as directed.
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