January 6! Epiphany!

On Sunday, I waited for the three wise men to traditionally arrive before packing up my nativity scene.  I also made a traditional German Three Kings Cake.  I have always shied away from baking a traditional German Three Kings Cake because I was afraid of the whole “kneading and rising” thing … but now that I have a bread maker, recipes involving yeast do not intimidate me!

When I printed out the recipe and made my store list, again I was not intimidated. 

It was when I actually focused on the recipe that I realized – “this recipe sucks and I don’t want to eat it.”

This is what I was faced with: a cake requiring flour, yeast, sugar, butter, eggs …  one chopped lemon (?), candied cherries, chopped dried fruit, lukewarm milk, cardamom and raisins soaked in rum. 

These ingredients are so arbitrary that I really was afraid that this was not a traditional German Three Kings Cake that I found online, but some kids playing recipe Mad-Libs.  Imagine …

[Adjective] [Number] Kings Cake Recipe
1 chopped [noun]
2 1/4 cup [noun]
[adjective] cherries
1tsp [noun]
[noun] soaked in [noun]
lukewarm [noun]
Bake at 350 degrees in a [adjective] oven for [number] minutes

“German! 3! Lemons!  All-Purpose!  Candied! Cardamom! Raisins!  Rum!  Milk! Pre-heated! 30!”

So, I did a little research. It turned out that I had a fairly normal recipe for Three Kings Cake in the German and French traditions. So I went for it … but … due to a miscalculation (stubbornness), I needed almost six times more yeast.  When they wrote 1.4 oz. I just KNEW they meant 1/4 oz … so this “Three Kings Cake” came out tasting like a flat, cherry-lemon-butt scone.  I still put the traditional German foil-crown in the middle of the cake to keep the tradition alive though.

The maji would have probably turned around and ended their quest if given this cherry-lemon-butt scone during their journey to baby Jesus.  Well, if they were in Germany, they would have been lost anyway.  Nonetheless, I don’t plan to try this recipe again with the correct amount of yeast.  I’ll leave Three Kings Cakes to the professionals!  Next year, I’ll make the three kings a pecan pie.

  1. #1 by Deirdre on January 8, 2008 - 4:49 pm

    It was great seeing you at church on Sunday!! 🙂

  2. #2 by Suz on January 9, 2008 - 5:31 pm

    I much prefer a King Cake – done for Mardi Gras. You make it with PRESENTS! (but not like, mer or anything weird).

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