We propose a delicious vegan Roscón de Reyes recipe for this Christmas, without milk, butter or eggs, which you will surely love. Find out how to make it at home.

Who does not like the roscón de Reyes ? It becomes a traditional and typical Christmas sweet, which is consumed every year in Spain during the festivity of the Three Kings, either during the evening of January 5 (when the popular Cavalcade of the Three Kings is celebrated in our country), or directly during the day of January 6. (the day of the Three Kings itself).

About the origin of the roscón de Reyes, in reality it is not known for sure, although  we do find ourselves before a very sweet tradition with many centuries of history.

What’s more, did you know that initially this popular sweet has nothing to do with the arrival -and subsequent festivity- of the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem to worship the Child Jesus? Apparently, it tends to be more related to the Roman Saturnalia, festivals dedicated to the god Saturn so that the Roman people could celebrate the longer days that began to arrive after the winter solstice.

Precisely, for the celebration of these festivities, it was common to make round cakes that were prepared with honey, dates and figs, and that were shared equally between slaves and commoners.

In any case, it seems that already in Portugal we find a recipe similar to the popular roscón de Reyes that is eaten in Spain, although in this country it is known by the name of “Bolo de Rei” and does not have the same ingredients. In fact, traveling a little further, we find a quite similar recipe, from the Mediterranean, with similar sweets in the wonderful French Provence.

Be that as it may, it is an exquisite round-shaped bun that is made with sweet dough, adorned with slices of candied or candied fruit, and is usually filled with cream or whipped cream. Usually a “surprise” is introduced inside and also a bean, so that whoever gets the latter must pay for the roscón, according to tradition.

However, since ingredients of animal origin are used in its preparation (such as whole milk, butter and eggs), it becomes a traditional sweet away from the vegan lifestyle. However, did you know that you can also prepare a vegan Roscón de Reyes, ideal for those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet?

Vegan Roscón de Reyes Recipe

It will take you about 3 hours to prepare the roscón, and approximately 40 minutes to bake it in total. Although remember that we do not add the resting time of the sourdough to this time (12 hours).

Ingredients for the sourdough:

  • 50 g of oat milk
  • 50 g of strong flour
  • 45 g of fresh yeast (pressed)

Ingredients for the roscón:

  • 140 g of flour
  • 50 g of white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chickpea flour
  • 30 g of vegetable margarine
  • 1 large tablespoon of orange blossom water
  • 1 teaspoon of aged rum
  • Candied (or candied) fruit
  • 1 handful of sliced ​​almonds
  • The zest of a lemon and an orange
  • 1 pinch of salt

How to make the vegan Roscón de Reyes:

  1. First we are going to make the sourdough. To do this, put the vegetable milk in a saucepan and let it warm up a bit. Then add the fresh pressed yeast and let it dissolve little by little. Now add the 50 grams of flour and knead with your hands until you get homogeneous dough. Transfer the sourdough to a bowl and cover with the help of plastic wrap and a cloth. Let it sit overnight.
  2. Wash the orange and lemon well and grate their skin. In a large bowl, mix the zest of these two fruits with the sugar, the chickpea flour, a little water, the softened margarine, the orange blossom water and the aged rum, until you obtain a cream.
  3. Add the 140 grams of flour and a pinch of salt, mixing again. Now it is time to add the sourdough. Knead everything very well with your hands until you get equally homogeneous dough again. Put this dough back in a bowl and cover it again with transparent paper and a cloth, leaving it to rest for another 2 hours.
  4. After this time, take the dough and model it gently, giving it small blows with your knuckles, in order to remove the air that it has inside. Shape it into a ball and let it rest for a bit.
  5. Put parchment paper on the baking tray and place the dough on top.
  6. Now is the time to give it the typical roscón shape. To do this, make a hole in the center of the ball (you can help yourself with a glass), and expand it little by little with the help of your hands until it acquires the size you prefer (keep in mind that when you bake it, it will grow a little more).
  7. Wrap your surprise gift and the bean in transparent paper and carefully insert it into the dough. Cover the roscón with a clean cloth and leave it to rest for another 1 hour.
  8. When this time has passed, preheat the oven to 200ºC.
  9. While the oven is heating up, it is time to decorate our vegan Roscón de Reyes. To do this, place the candied fruits as you like, along the entire roscón. Also do the same with the sliced ​​
  10. To finish, we are going to frost a little sugar. To do this, simply put sugar in a bowl and add a few drops of orange blossom. Then place the sugar to taste on the roscón in small mounds.
  11. Put a clay pot with water in the oven, this way you will prevent the roscón from drying out. Finally, put the roscón in the oven at a temperature of 180ºC, and leave it baking for 35-40 minutes.

If you notice that at the time of baking it begins to brown a lot on top, you can finish covering it with aluminum foil, until the baking time is up.


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