There are healthier versions of sweetbread but I feel the treat of of this bread combined with the sadness of taking down our tree is worth the extra crunches.
I hide a few pieces of chocolate in the bread. Traditionally a porcelain doll (symbolizing the baby Jesus) is used and the person finding it has to throw the next year's party. In our house who ever finds a piece of candy gets a special wish. Surprisingly enough each of my children usually find the lucky gift.
Three Kings' Bread Recipe
- 4 cups flour
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 stick of softened butter
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 warm water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 teaspoons of yeast (about a package and half)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1/4 cup flour
Optional: add a 1/2 c raisins to the batter or decorate with dried fruit
While the oven preheats, prepare the glaze by creaming the butter and sugar together, beating in the egg and gradually mixing in the flour. Paint on the glaze from the center of the ring out, like rays of sun.
Bake until the bread for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™: Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 activities.