Dreikönigskuchen, literally translated as Three Kings' Cake, is a type of cake associated with the festival of Epiphany in the Christmas season in a number of countries, including Switzerland as well. The cake has a small trinket (often a small plastic baby, sometimes said to represent Baby Jesus) inside, and the person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket has various privileges and obligations (such as buying the cake for the next celebration).
The Dreikönigskuchen (King Cake) takes its name from the biblical three kings, the Magi from the East. Catholic tradition states that their journey to Bethlehem took twelve days (the Twelve Days of Christmas), and that they arrived to honor the Christ Child on Epiphany. The season for king cake extends from the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas (Twelfth Night and Epiphany Day).
The list of ingredients for this dessert is rather long as it includes: white flour, sugar, salt, lemon zest, butter, milk, yeast, warm water eggs, and sultanas. The flour is mixed with sugar, lemon and salt in a bowl to which melted butter and cold milk are added. Yeast is dissolved in water with sugar; eggs are stirred and all combined together, adding gradually more flour. The soft dough is kneaded on a floured surface for about 5 minutes, tossing in sultanas and candied fruits. Finally, it is cut into six or eight pieces arranged in a flower form and baked in the oven. The Dreikönigskuchen is usually served at breakfast and is considered to be a delicious Christmas cookie.
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